Surgery – How long does cataract surgery take?

Cataract surgery is a relatively straightforward procedure, and it takes around 10 minutes to perform. To recover from cataract surgery will usually take around four to six weeks for a full return to doing everything as normal.

You’ll generally be in hospital for around two to three hours on the day of your surgery, and you’ll be able to go home on the same day.

You’ll be provided with a plastic eye-shield which should be worn for the rest of the day of your cataract operation and that night; after this, it can usually be disposed of. Following the local anaesthetic which will be administered to you, prior to surgery, feeling will return to your eye within a few hours. It may, however, take a few days for your vision to fully return.

For the first few days after your surgery, it’s normal to have blurred vision, double vision, watering and/or gritty eyes, and, red or bloodshot eyes. These side effects will normally recede within a matter of days, but it can take 4-6 weeks for your eye to completely heal and for you to recover fully.

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