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How long does cataract surgery take?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology
6 doctors agree

In brief: 20-35 minutes

Most cataract surgery in the absence of complications or pre-existing problems like trauma or congenital problems - most will take 20-35 minutes.

In brief: 20-35 minutes

Most cataract surgery in the absence of complications or pre-existing problems like trauma or congenital problems - most will take 20-35 minutes.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Dr. Michael Ham
With today's technology it takes 5-10 minutes.
Dr. Faramarz Hidaji
Cosmetic Surgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: 15-20 minutes

Depends on the skill of the surgeon and the severity/complexity of the surgery.
But on average 15-20 minutes from start to finish.

In brief: 15-20 minutes

Depends on the skill of the surgeon and the severity/complexity of the surgery.
But on average 15-20 minutes from start to finish.
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Dr. Harold Peltan
Ophthalmology
2 doctors agree

In brief: 5-45 minutes

Cataracts vary, as do cataract surgery equipment, assisting staff, and surgeons.
In addition to the 5-45 minutes of operating time, the patient will have time being prepared for surgery and some time after surgery. Depending on the facility, the additional time can range from 10 minutes to an hour and a half. Extra hard cataracts, complicated cases, and trauma cases may take longer.

In brief: 5-45 minutes

Cataracts vary, as do cataract surgery equipment, assisting staff, and surgeons.
In addition to the 5-45 minutes of operating time, the patient will have time being prepared for surgery and some time after surgery. Depending on the facility, the additional time can range from 10 minutes to an hour and a half. Extra hard cataracts, complicated cases, and trauma cases may take longer.
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Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 10-15 mins or more

It depends on complexity of the case.
In a standard case the time of surgery may take 10-15mins or less , but the patients needs additional preparation, sterilization of the eye which may take additional 10-15 mins. A difficult and complicated surgery may take much longer time.

In brief: 10-15 mins or more

It depends on complexity of the case.
In a standard case the time of surgery may take 10-15mins or less , but the patients needs additional preparation, sterilization of the eye which may take additional 10-15 mins. A difficult and complicated surgery may take much longer time.
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Dr. Michael Rizen
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 20-30 mins

It is usually done as an outpatient (go home the same day) under local anesthesia with light sedation.
You usually have to arrive an hour or so before to get the sedative and drops to dilate the pupil for the surgery. Once you enter the operating room, it should take your surgeon about 20-30 minutes to complete the operation.

In brief: 20-30 mins

It is usually done as an outpatient (go home the same day) under local anesthesia with light sedation.
You usually have to arrive an hour or so before to get the sedative and drops to dilate the pupil for the surgery. Once you enter the operating room, it should take your surgeon about 20-30 minutes to complete the operation.
Dr. Michael Rizen
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Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
Ophthalmology

In brief: Depending

Depending on pre-surgery risk factors (no retinal or other part of eye issues/pathology) & intra-surgery events (not much energy needed, no vitreous/gel loss) most surgeries take 15-30minutes or less.
See [email protected] for further information.

In brief: Depending

Depending on pre-surgery risk factors (no retinal or other part of eye issues/pathology) & intra-surgery events (not much energy needed, no vitreous/gel loss) most surgeries take 15-30minutes or less.
See [email protected] for further information.
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Dr. Jay Bradley
Ophthalmology - LASIK Surgery

In brief: 5-7 minutes

Standard uncomplicated cataract surgery typically takes 5-7 minutes.
In more difficult cases, the surgery takes longer.

In brief: 5-7 minutes

Standard uncomplicated cataract surgery typically takes 5-7 minutes.
In more difficult cases, the surgery takes longer.
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