A cataract is a clouding of the clear, transparent lens of your eye that prevents you from seeing clearly. This clouding can be corrected through cataract removal surgery.
Anesthesia is a mandatory part of cataract surgery. The first anesthesia used for this procedure was general anesthesia, which required patients to spend the night in a hospital. Later advances used a local anesthesia that was injected behind the eyeball and is still widely used. Today, the use of topical anesthesia is increasingly popular because it reduces complications even further and allows for a more rapid recovery.
There are two types of anesthesia that you and your ophthalmologist can choose from:
Your surgeon will discuss with you the different types of available anesthesia.
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