Cataract surgery has proven to be a safe and effective treatment method for many years. As the most common surgical procedure in the world, it is a routine treatment usually performed on an out-patient basis. It takes between 15 to 30 minutes. The surgery is performed on one eye at a time. The second eye is usually treated a few days to a few weeks later.
Here is a step-by-step guide to everything that occurs before and during surgery: from preparations at home to walking out of the operating room.
On the day of your surgery, there are few things you should keep in mind:
You will be brought into the operation room lying on a surgical bed during your appointment. The procedure generally does not require sutures, which aids a quicker recovery. You will be allowed to go home after a short observation period.
To protect the eye, supporting intraocular structures create space for surgical tools. A jelly-like substance called ‘Ophthalmic Viscosurgical Device’ (OVD) is injected in the eye. OVDs protect the corneal endothelium and other tissues during surgery by minimizing the interaction between tissues and instruments.