Does Cataract Surgery Hurt?
Does Cataract Surgery Hurt

One of the most frequently asked questions about cataract surgery is whether the procedure is painful. This article aims to address this concern and provide some insights.

Pre-Surgery Preparation

Before the surgery, anaesthetic eye drops are used to numb the eye. This makes the procedure generally pain-free. In some cases, a mild sedative may also be given to help you relax.

During the Consultation

During your pre-surgery consultation, your eye doctor will explain the procedure in detail. This is a good time to ask any questions you may have about what to expect during and after the surgery, including concerns about pain. The more informed you are, the more comfortable you’ll likely feel going into the surgery.

During the Surgery

Most patients report feeling some pressure, but not pain, during the surgery. The process is typically quick, usually taking about 10-15 minutes per eye.

What to Expect

You might feel a sensation of pressure as the surgeon works, but due to the anaesthetic, you shouldn’t feel pain. Some patients describe feeling like they are seeing a light show of sorts due to the instruments and lights used.


After the procedure, it’s common to feel some irritation or scratchiness in the eye for a few hours. Pain medication is generally not needed, but if discomfort persists, consult your eye doctor.

Managing Discomfort

If you do experience discomfort after the surgery, over-the-counter pain relievers and a cold compress can usually alleviate it. If the pain becomes unbearable, seek immediate medical attention.

Consult Your Eye Doctor (Ophthalmologist)

If you are concerned about the pain level associated with cataract surgery, the best course of action is to discuss this with your eye doctor, who can provide more personalised advice.

Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only and should not be considered medical advice. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the guidance of your ophthalmologist or other qualified health professional with any questions or concerns you may have about your eyesight. The most reliable advice is obtained through a consultation and inspection from a medical specialist.


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