If I have cataracts on both eyes, will they do them at the same time?
If there are cataracts in both eyes that require surgery, the surgeries are usually performed one to four weeks apart. Cataract surgery on both eyes at the same time is not recommended or performed.
Dr. Petitto will recommend which eye will undergo cataract surgery first. Once the first eye heals sufficiently and you have good vision in that eye a second surgery will be performed.
What type of anesthesia will be used for cataract surgery?
We will use a topical/local anesthesia along with a mild IV sedation for your comfort throughout the surgery. You will be able to follow instructions and respond to the surgeon and staff. If traditional cataract surgery is performed sometimes an injection around the eye is used, but it cannot be used for laser cataract surgery.
Can I drive myself home after the procedure?
The day of your cataract surgery you will receive anesthesia so you will not be able to drive yourself home after the procedure. A friend or family member will need to drive you home and stay with you
for a while as you adjust. 24 hours after your cataract removal the anesthetic is considered to be gone and you may resume driving if your vision is good enough to drive and you are not too light sensitive.
Will I have a lot of pain following cataract surgery?
Pain is not typically experienced during or after surgery. Oral pain relievers such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) may be used, if needed. Typically, however, you should feel only slight discomfort after