Reducing Pain during and after Cataract Surgery

March 4, 2017 — by Thomas Byrd, MD
Tags: Cataract Surgery Eye Care

An eye surgeon placing eye drops in a patient’s eyes in preparation for cataract surgeryModern cataract surgery is one of the safest and most reliable forms of surgery in the history of medicine, particularly when it is performed by an eye surgeon with the experience and skill of Dr. Thomas J. Byrd. Dr. Byrd has performed more than 15,000 successful traditional cataract surgeries during his career, with thousands more laser-assisted cataract surgeries on top of that. While traditional cataract surgery offers patients outstanding results with little to no pain, laser cataract surgery offers even greater precision and a gentler experience.

There is nothing more important to Dr. Byrd than the health, satisfaction, and comfort of his patients. In discussing the issue of reducing pain during and after cataract surgery during consultations at his Detroit, MI eye care center, he explains how they must follow all pre- and post-operative instructions he provides to help ensure the most comfortable experience possible. Although modern cataract surgery, especially in its laser-assisted variation, is minimally invasive and associated with only minor discomfort, patients must be active participants in their own eye care to achieve the best possible results.

Are you in need of cataract surgery of the highest standard? If so, we encourage you to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Thomas J. Byrd at Byrd Eye Clinic today.

Reducing Pain during Cataract Surgery

The process of reducing pain during cataract surgery will actually begin days before the actual procedure. Dr. Byrd will prescribe antibiotic and anti-inflammatory eye drops well before the day of your procedure, with instructions as to when and how frequently you should start using these drops prior to your surgery. The use of these drops will help to ensure that your eyes are prepared for the trauma of the incisions that occur during surgery. You will also need to be well hydrated, so you will advised to drink lots of clear liquids in the days leading up to your surgery.

On the day of your surgery, you will receive a local anesthetic to numb your eyes and a sedative to calm your nerves. The procedure itself is generally painless, though you may feel some pressure on your eyes. There is even a chance you will nod off during the procedure, although your eyes will certainly be open.

Reducing Pain after Cataract Surgery

Although true pain after cataract surgery is rare, mild to moderate discomfort is common. This discomfort can generally be controlled with over-the-counter pain relievers such as Tylenol®. However, prescription medications can be prescribed for patients who experience more intense discomfort or pain. In any event, any discomfort generally subsides after two or three days.

A more common side effect of cataract surgery is itching of the eyes. It is very important that patients not rub or scratch their eyes, which could result in pain or infection. Artificial tears can be used to control any itching or burning, which should subside after a day or two.

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To learn more about reducing pain during and after cataract surgery, please contact Byrd Eye Clinic today.

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