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Does cataract extraction hurt afterwards?
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Dr. William Goldstein
Ophthalmology
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In brief: No
Cataract surgery is painless.
The incision is only 1/16th inch long. If there is pain, it usually means something is going wrong.

In brief: No
Cataract surgery is painless.
The incision is only 1/16th inch long. If there is pain, it usually means something is going wrong.
Dr. William Goldstein
Dr. William Goldstein
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Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
Ophthalmology
In brief: Usually minimally
Any surgery can cause post operative pain.
In cataract surgery this is usually minimal and lasts usually only for a couple of days.

In brief: Usually minimally
Any surgery can cause post operative pain.
In cataract surgery this is usually minimal and lasts usually only for a couple of days.
Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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Dr. Jay Bradley
Ophthalmology - LASIK Surgery
In brief: No
No. You should not have pain after surgery.
Some irritation or mild soreness may occur but should not be significant.

In brief: No
No. You should not have pain after surgery.
Some irritation or mild soreness may occur but should not be significant.
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Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology
In brief: Minimal discomfort
Typically there is minimal to no discomfort following cataract surgery is the norm. It can be scratchy and irritated usually for the first 24 hours or so.
Sometimes there can be discomfort from a corneal abrasion, elevated pressure, or possible other causes following cataract surgery; uncommon, but can occur. You should follow up with your eye doctor immediately.

In brief: Minimal discomfort
Typically there is minimal to no discomfort following cataract surgery is the norm. It can be scratchy and irritated usually for the first 24 hours or so.
Sometimes there can be discomfort from a corneal abrasion, elevated pressure, or possible other causes following cataract surgery; uncommon, but can occur. You should follow up with your eye doctor immediately.
Dr. Michael Ham
Dr. Michael Ham
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