Cataract surgery is one of the safest procedures a person can have. There are over 3 million cataract surgeries done each year in the United States alone, and the vast majority of patients have excellent outcomes. The procedure itself is short and uneventful, especially if you are in good health and the eye has no medical issues. An uncomplicated cataract surgery often takes less than 10 minutes. Although cataract surgery is safe, there can still be complications. Post- operative care is essential. Explaining this care to patients is an important part of a technician’s job.