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Frequently Asked Questions


How long with the surgery take?

Cataract surgery is done in an outpatient surgery center and usually takes less than 15 minutes to complete.  Your total time in the surgery center is usually less than three hours.

Is cataract surgery painful?

Cataract surgery is relatively painless.  Topical anesthetic drops are used to numb your eye and special medicines are administered to help you relax.   

Are there risks involved with cataract surgery?

Cataract surgery is usually safe and effective; however, as with any surgery, there are risks involved.  These include infection, bleeding, and vision loss.  Your surgeon will discuss the risks and benefits of cataract surgery with you.

Can cataract surgery be done on both eyes at the same time?

When both eyes need to be done, we recommend that they be done at least two weeks apart.

Can I use cataract surgery as an opportunity to reduce my need for glasses?

Yes. In many instances advanced lenses can be utilized to allow patients to reduce or eliminate their need for reading and distance glasses.  Not everyone is a candidate for the advanced lenses, but your surgeon will assess your vision and the health of your eye and discuss your options with you. If you would like to learn about these lenses click here.

Will I have sutures placed during cataract surgery?

Because of the small incision advanced cataract surgery technique used by our surgeons, most patients do not require sutures.  However, sutures are sometimes used if the doctor feels it is beneficial for the patient.

How often will I have to have my eyes checked after surgery?

Typically your doctor will see you at the following intervals after surgery: one day, one week, three weeks, then finally six months; however, these intervals may vary somewhat between patients.  Your surgeon will discuss the best plan for your post-surgical care with you.

When can I golf, bowl, or jog?

Patients can usually resume these activities a week after surgery.

When can I wash my hair after cataract surgery?

You can wash your hair one day after cataract surgery, but do not let the water run directly into your eyes.

How soon can I swim after cataract surgery?

You can swim two weeks after cataract surgery.

When can women wear eye makeup?

You should avoid wearing eye makeup for one week after surgery.

How long will the lens implant last in my eye?

A lens implant will usually last for your entire life.

Do cataracts grow back?

Cataract surgery is a once-in-a-life-time procedure. Cataracts do not grow back; however, in some patients, the membrane that is behind the cataract that holds the lens implant becomes hazy or cloudy after surgery.  If this occurs, your cataract surgeon can quickly restore your vision with a painless laser treatment.   


Why Choose CEI?

Coastal Eye Institute (formerly Manatee Sarasota Eye Clinic) is one of the area’s largest ophthalmology practices featuring a comprehensive team of fellowship-trained ophthalmologists in every subspecialty of eye care.From infancy to the golden years...we provide care for the total health of your eyes. Trust your eye care to our specialists!


Coastal Eye Institute has fellowship-trained ophthalmologists in every specialty of eye care:

  • ➢ Laser Cataract Surgery
  • ➢ Glaucoma
  • ➢ Macular Degeneration
  • ➢ Diabetic Retinopathy
  • ➢ Dry Eye Disease
  • ➢ LASIK Laser Vision Correction
  • ➢ Neuro-Ophthalmology
  • ➢ Pediatric Eye Care
  • ➢ Routine Eye Care
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