Are You Sedated for Cataract Surgery?

Are You Sedated for Cataract Surgery?

By FTM Webteam May 25, 2020

If the lens inside your eye has become cloudy, you may want to consider cataract surgery. During cataract surgery in Billings, Red Lodge and Lander, Our Doctors remove the cloudy lens and replaces it with an artificial lens (called an intraocular lens, IOL) to restore clear vision. The procedure is typically performed on an outpatient basis and does not require an overnight stay in a hospital or other care facility.  The procedure itself usually lasts less than 15 minutes and is virtually painless.

Cataract surgery patients often wonder if they will be sedated for the procedure. Most cataract surgeries are performed under a local anesthetic. This means that most patients are awake during their cataract surgery. This eliminates risks associated with general anesthesia (where you are “put to sleep”) and enables Our Doctors to communicate with you during your procedure.

You will be given an oral medication prior to the procedure to help you relax during your surgery. Before you are taken into surgery, the area around your eye will be cleansed, and drops will be put into your eye to dilate the pupil. An anesthetic shot or numbing eye drops will be used to make sure you’ll be comfortable throughout the surgery. You should not feel pain or discomfort during your procedure.

Cataract surgery is one of the safest, most successful surgeries involving the eye. Most people notice a significant improvement in their vision and can resume everyday activities within 24 hours after cataract surgery. However, depending on which intraocular lens you have implanted, it can take between 2 to 6 months to completely adjust and for you to achieve your optimal vision. Because IOLs are made of durable material, it’s rare that they need to be replaced.

To learn more about cataract surgery in Billings, Red Lodge and Lander, contact The Eye Clinic Surgicenter to schedule a cataract surgery consultation. Call 406-252-6608 or visit Website to schedule your appointment today!

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