You’ll be taken into the operating theatre, and the skin around your eye will be cleansed with antiseptic. Then the surrounding area is covered with surgical drapes.
During the surgery, it’s important that you stay still and don’t touch the area around your eye.
Most people are awake while they have cataract surgery. Anaesthetic (drops and/or an injection) will keep your eye comfortable during the procedure. In the unlikely event that you feel discomfort, tell your surgeon (without moving your head) so they can top up your anaesthesia.
To see a magnified view of your eye, your surgeon uses an operating microscope.
Removing your cataract and implanting the new lens usually takes between 15 and 40 minutes. You may feel light pressure around your eye and see light from the operating microscope.
Depending on the type of anaesthetic used, your doctor may place a patch and/or a protective eye shield over your eye. If so, they'll tell you when you can take it off.