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Can I still find a doctor who does stitches for cataract surgery?
12 doctors weighed in

Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology
7 doctors agree
In brief: Yes but why
Modern cataract removal is generally done with ultrasound through a self sealing incision requiring no stitches.
Is there a particular reason why you are fond of stitches in your eyes? You will heal better and more smoothly without them but I am sure you can pay a little extra to a cataract surgeon to have some stitches put somewhere in your eye to satisfy your needs.

In brief: Yes but why
Modern cataract removal is generally done with ultrasound through a self sealing incision requiring no stitches.
Is there a particular reason why you are fond of stitches in your eyes? You will heal better and more smoothly without them but I am sure you can pay a little extra to a cataract surgeon to have some stitches put somewhere in your eye to satisfy your needs.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Dr. Benjamin Chun
All cataract surgeons can put stitches on the wound, but most routinely don't. Every now and then we do this if the wound appears to be leaking or if the patient is noncompliant and may rub the eyes, just as a precaution.
Dr. Samuel Salamon
properly constructed cataract incisions are actually LESS distorted than with the addition of stitches. Sutures may induce astigmatism, can irritate, should usually be removed after healing, etc.
Dr. Jay Bradley
Ophthalmology - LASIK Surgery
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Yes. Any surgeon can place a suture if needed or requested.

In brief: Yes
Yes. Any surgeon can place a suture if needed or requested.
Dr. Jay Bradley
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Dr. William Goldstein
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Unecessary
A properly constructed cataract incision does not require stitches, and is only 2-3 mm long (less than 1/16th inch.

In brief: Unecessary
A properly constructed cataract incision does not require stitches, and is only 2-3 mm long (less than 1/16th inch.
Dr. William Goldstein
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Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
Ophthalmology
In brief: Yes suture
Stitches (sutures) for cataract surgery help to secure the wound.
Most eyeMDs try to do small incision cataract surgery to avoid the need for sutures as they can be uncomfortable, can protrude & cause an infection, can increase risk of infection when removed (though rare). If requested & risk understood, an eyeMD likely would be willing to put one in for extra security:wound will not open postop.

In brief: Yes suture
Stitches (sutures) for cataract surgery help to secure the wound.
Most eyeMDs try to do small incision cataract surgery to avoid the need for sutures as they can be uncomfortable, can protrude & cause an infection, can increase risk of infection when removed (though rare). If requested & risk understood, an eyeMD likely would be willing to put one in for extra security:wound will not open postop.
Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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