How long does cataract surgery take?

Cataract surgery, now that we perform keyhole surgery, takes approximately 10-15 minutes. And it’s a painless procedure.

Patients concerns over the length of the procedure.

What patients often worry about, is the fact that they have to lie completely still for that period of time. And of course, that’s not the case. Often patients, particularly if they’re elderly, may find that their back’s a little bit stiff, or they need to move their legs, and patients can do that.

There is no need for patients to be concerned that the operation will be so long, that they get in an uncomfortable position, or their neck will be sore. And the procedure, as I say, is 10-15 minutes.

About the Author

Mr Robert Morris

BSc(Hons), MB BS (Hons), MRCP, FRCS, FRCOphth
Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon

Robert Morris trained at St Bartholomew’s Hospital part of the University of London. He graduated with Honours in his final examinations. Robert completed his post-graduate ophthalmic training at the renowned units in Oxford Eye Hospital and London’s Moorfields Eye Hospital. Within the NHS, he has had a high volume cataract surgery practice and performed over 12,000 cataract procedures. He has an interest in squint surgery and is a national expert in this field. In addition to his NHS work, Robert manages a successful independent private practice. He continualy updates his training to keep abreast with the latest technology and techniques in refractive surgery.