Does cataract surgery hurt? What will I feel and see during cataract surgery?


Cataract surgery is not a painful procedure.

If you ask a friend or colleague who might have had cataract surgery, they’ll tell you that they feel a slight stinging sensation when we first place drops inside the eye at the start of the operation. But very soon after that, the eye is completely numb. The only thing you will feel is a touching sensation and a little tightness from time to time. But that’s all.

Cataract surgery is done mainly under topical anaesthesia. It’s very unusual to give sedation or general anaesthesia. Patients cope very well with the topical numbness of the eye. We rarely ever have a patient that can feel anything during the operation.

You might be worried about what you’ll see during the operation. All you see is a bit of light, which some patient describe is like looking through a kaleidoscope because the lights keep changing.

As soon as I implant the new lens inside your eye, you’ll suddenly find that things are becoming more into focus again. It’s very quick and pain-free.

Are you ready to get started on better vision? Then book a cataract surgery consultation with us today. We have both virtual and in-person appointments with optometrists (free) and surgeons (paid).

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Mr Samer Hamada | Consultant Ophthalmologist and Corneal Surgeon

MD, MSc, DO (hons), FRCSEd, FRCOphth I am Samer Hamada, founder and consultant ophthalmic surgeon with over 20 years’ experience in ophthalmology. I am a world-renowned specialist in cornea, cataract and refractive surgery. I’m not only a leading surgeon but also the only dual fellowship trained in corneal diseases in children from reputable institutions in the UK. At Eye Clinic London I work closely with other consultant ophthalmologists, optometrists and orthoptists to achieve the best outcomes for our patients. Our main aim is to make sure our patients get the safest and best treatments available to them. We put your safety before anything else so you can rest assured that if you choose us you will be in the best and safest hands.

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