How Long Does Cataract Surgery Take?

When preparing for cataract surgery, it’s natural to wonder how much time the entire process will take. This article aims to give you a general idea from preparation to post-operative care.

Pre-surgery Preparations

Consultation and Planning

Prior to the surgery, you’ll have a consultation with your eye doctor (ophthalmologist), who will provide you with specific details on what time to arrive at the hospital, where to go, and other procedural aspects. Make sure to use this time to ask any questions you may have.

Arrival at the Hospital

On the day of the surgery, you’ll need to arrive early to complete any paperwork, undergo pre-surgery checks, and prepare for the operation. The preparations might take a few hours, depending on hospital procedures.

During the Surgery

The surgical procedure itself typically takes about 10-15 minutes per eye. However, this doesn’t include the time for preparation and post-surgery care. Make sure to plan for additional time before and after the procedure.

Post-Surgery Care

After the operation, you’ll be taken to a recovery area where medical staff will monitor you for a short period, usually less than an hour, to ensure there are no immediate complications. After this, you are usually free to go home.

What to Expect After Surgery

You’ll have a follow-up appointment, usually the next day, to check on the healing process. Further appointments may also be scheduled for ongoing care.

Total Time

All things considered, you should plan for the whole process to take up a significant part of your day, even though the actual surgery is relatively quick. 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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