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A 50-year-old member asked:

Does it hurt to get a cataract surgery done?

5 doctor answers12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 53 years experience
No: Modern techniques for cataract treatment are terrific and pain free. You will be gently treated, not be aware of the anti-pain premedication given to you and enjoy a post-operative recovery that you will find to be remarkable.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 53 years experience
No: Modern techniques for cataract treatment are terrific and pain free. You will be gently treated, not be aware of the anti-pain premedication given to you and enjoy a post-operative recovery that you will find to be remarkable.
Dr. Jay Bradley
Cornea, Cataract, & Refractive (LASIK & PRK) Surgery 19 years experience
No: There is typically no pain with cataract surgery. Some scratchiness or irritation can be experienced postop though.
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 20 years experience
No: Modern cataract surgery is almost always painless.
Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Sometimes: Depending on pre-operative risk factors, density of lens, type of anesthesia used, most patients report minimal discomfort during cataract surgery. Letting your eyeMD know your pain threshold will help prevent pain during surgery. More info: eyedoc2020@blogspot.com

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A 29-year-old member asked:

What does it mean to get a cataract surgery?

7 doctor answers21 doctors weighed in
Dr. Daniel Goldberg
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Cataract Surgery: We are all born with a natural crystalline lens in each of our eyes which, like a lens in a camera, helps focus light. As we age and as a result of certain diseases (like diabetes), our lenses may opacify, blocking light entry. In cataract surgery, the lens is broken up with an ultrasonic probe and removed with an aspiration device. Then, a synthetic lens made of clear acrylic or silicon is placed in the position of the original lens, replacing it. The result is a new, clear lens to focus light in place of the old, opacified one.

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