Does cataract surgery hurt?

That’s a question we get asked very commonly, does cataract surgery hurt, and the simple answer is, no it doesn’t hurt. And why doesn’t it hurt, well it’s because it’s very easy to anesthetize the eye and make it completely numb. And in the vast majority of patients what we do is we numb the eye with drops and solutions, that’s all we need to do.

What patients are aware of is lots of lights, so patients are looking at a microscope light, there’s lots of water involved in the operation, and sometimes they describe it as if they’re seeing a colorful waterfall or a kaleidoscope.

Interestingly, I’ve had two artists who’ve painted what they saw at cataract surgery and it’s just like that, just like a kaleidoscope. So cataract surgery doesn’t hurt although patients are always fearful that it might.

More about Robert Morris

Rob Morris is a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at The Grange Eye Consultants. His special expertise is in cataract and refractive surgery, including Refractive Lens Exchange, and adult squint. He has over 30 years of experience in treating people with eye problems. Rob Morris founded Grange Eye Consultants to manage the increasing demand for more complex refractive surgery. He leads clinical trials investigating novel eye treatments. He is currently Medical Director at Optegra Eye Hospitals.