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Overview of Cataract Surgery

If you have developed a cataract, surgery is performed to remove the cloudy lens, replace it with a new lens, and improve your vision. With over 2 million cataract surgeries performed in the US each year, it is one of the most commonly performed surgeries. In the hands of a skilled eye surgeon like Dr. Manning, this is a generally well-tolerated procedure with little or no discomfort. Cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure normally taking only a few hours of your time with most procedures lasting less than 15 mintues. Patients usually return to normal activities the day after their surgery. Cataract surgery is a highly successful and effective way of restoring your vision.

To schedule a consultation to be evaluated for cataract surgery at Gulfcoast Eye Care, please contact us.

Surgery Overview

Surgery is performed by Dr. Manning in an outpatient surgery center. Upon arrival at the center, topical anesthesia is achieved with eye drops and generally no need for needles. As well, a mild sedative is given to prepare you for surgery. Patients are generally quite comfortable during surgery with no pain but only a pressure sensation and the appearance of a “light show.” During this time, the natural lens is broken up using vibrations into tiny particles that are then removed from the eye. Most of the time, no sutures are needed as the incision is very small and usually self-sealing. Surgery is performed one eye at a time. The other eye may be treated as soon as 1-2 weeks later.


Recovery is mild with minimal restrictions, even immediately after surgery. You will be using antibiotic and anti-inflammatory eye drops for a few weeks to aid in the healing process. Standard post-op visits are 1 day, 1 week, 1 month, 6 months and then yearly. Patients are required to have a driver take them home after surgery due to the sedatives used. Patients can usually return to work after the first post-op visit.

Learn more about cataracts and cataract surgery by reading some of our frequently asked questions about cataracts, or contact Gulfcoast Eye Care to schedule an appointment.

Driving Directions

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