What to Expect
Advances in surgical technology allow our patients to resume most normal activity within a short period of time. During the recovery period, it’s not unusual to experience:
- Eye soreness, irritation, or itchiness
- Trouble seeing when surrounded by bright lights
- Tearing up more than usual
- Blurred vision as your eye adjusts to its new lens
All these symptoms are completely normal and should disappear within a few days. There is no reason to be concerned.
Recovery Best Practices
Over the course of your four-week recovery period, you should notice your vision becoming clearer and more focused. To facilitate the recovery process, you should adhere to the following best practices:
- Don’t resume driving or strenuous exercise until your doctor permits it. (All patients are required to have someone drive them home following cataract surgery.)
- Wear the eye patch provided by your specialist to protect your eye while it heals and prevent yourself from rubbing your eye at night.
- Avoid lifting heavy objects or bending over at the waist in the days immediately following your surgery. For most patients, walking, climbing stairs, and performing small household chores is not a problem.
- Administer the eye drops prescribed by your doctor to ensure proper healing.
- Keep soap and other irritants away from your eye.
After your procedure, your surgeon will schedule several follow-up appointments to monitor your recovery and ensure that your eyes are healing as planned. If you experience persistent pain or are concerned that your eye isn’t healing according to schedule, please contact your doctor
Additional Surgical Interventions
Cataract surgery can only be performed on one eye at a time. During your follow-up appointments, your surgeon will evaluate how well your eye is recovering to determine the right time to perform surgery on your second eye (if needed). In some cases, a second surgery can be performed just a few days after the first.
In the years following your cataract surgery, it’s possible that your vision will revert to its preoperative state. This is typically the result of secondary cataracts caused by scar tissue building up around the replacement lens. A YAG laser capsulotomy is a simple outpatient procedure that can quickly resolve this issue.
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