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During Your Surgery

At the hospital or eye clinic, drops will be put into your eye to dilate the pupil. The area around your eye will be cleaned and prepped for surgery.
 
Cataract surgery usually lasts less than one hour and is almost painless. Many people choose to stay awake during cataract surgery. Others may need to be put to sleep for a short time. If you are awake during cataract surgery, you will be given an anesthetic to numb the nerves in and around your eye.
 
After cataract surgery, a patch may be placed over your eye. You will rest for a while. Your medical team will watch for any problems, such as bleeding. Most people who have cataract surgery can go home the same day, although you will need someone to drive you home.
 

Possible Benefits of Cataract Surgery

Cataract surgery is one of the most common operations performed in the United States. It also is one of the safest and most effective types of surgery. In about 90 percent of cases, people who have cataract surgery have better vision afterward.
 
You can return quickly to many everyday activities following cataract surgery, but your vision may still be blurry. The healing eye needs time to adjust so that it can focus properly with the other eye, especially if the other eye has a cataract. Ask your doctor when you can resume driving.
 
If you received an intraocular lens, you may notice that colors are very bright. The intraocular lens is clear, unlike your natural lens, which may have had a yellowish/brownish tint. Within a few months after receiving an intraocular lens, you will become used to improved color vision. Also, when your eye heals, you may need new glasses or contact lenses.
 
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