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Cataract Surgery Recovery

Cataracts can be devastating to your quality of life, and if you have chosen cataract surgery as a solution, the 30-minute procedure is highly effective in producing long-term vision improvement. In addition to the aftercare instructions from your eye surgeon, there are certain things you can expect during your cataract surgery recovery.

The Day of your Cataract Surgery

After your cataract surgery, your eye surgeon may place a shield or bandage over your eye. You will remain under the care of the eye surgery staff for about a half hour or so, so they can ensure you are ready to be released.

Arrange for someone to drive you home after cataract surgery, and take the rest of the day to rest.

It will be some time before you see vision improvement, and unclear vision after cataract surgery is normal and expected. Immediately after the surgery, you may experience:

  • Blurry vision
  • Distorted, wavy vision
  • Red, bloodshot eyes
  • Dry eye
  • Itching
  • General eye discomfort

These are all normal side effects of the surgery, and they should clear up in the days following. As your eyes adjust to the intraocular lenses, your vision will begin to clear and you should start to experience vision improvement.

Over-the-counter painkillers are usually fine for alleviating any discomfort after cataract surgery. If you have severe pain that does not respond to medication, if you have vision loss or any other serious and painful side effects, you should contact your eye doctor or surgeon.

The First Month after Cataract Surgery

Most patients feel well enough to resume their normal activities the day after cataract surgery. Everyone’s body heals differently, and you should take the time necessary to feel well.

You should see significant vision improvement in about a week, but the total results of vision and complete healing may require a month or more. Most people are able to drive a day or two after surgery.

To protect the quality of the results after cataract surgery, the following precautions may be helpful during the month after your procedure:

  • Avoid rubbing your eyes.
  • Avoid pools and hot tubs to prevent infection.
  • Avoid strenuous activity and exercise to prevent eye trauma.
  • Avoid eye irritants like dust and wind.

Your eye doctor will prescribe eye drops to prevent infection and reduce inflammation. These may be used for several days or up to a month if your eyes continue to be inflamed.

To learn more about recovering from cataract surgery, you can locate an experienced cataract surgeon in your area to discuss the best vision solution for you.

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