I'm due to have a cataract operation, what can I expect to happen?

Usually cataract operations are very straight forward and successful.

Most cataract surgery is performed as a 'day case', so you will not need to stay in hospital overnight. The operation is performed using local anaesthetic, so you will be awake but unable to feel any pain, and your vision will be very blurry during the surgery.

After the surgery you will probably have to use eye drops for a number of weeks. Your eye may take about a week to heal, but many people see an improvement in their vision quite quickly.

If you have another eye condition as well as a cataract, then there may be other considerations which you and your doctors will need to think about. 

Our information on cataracts provides further details.

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