cataract surgery is short, for most patients. Assuming you are in otherwise good health
and experience no complications during surgery, your recovery should be smooth.
Immediately following surgery, you will need to rest, allowing the anesthesia
to wear off. You should also plan to have a family member or friend drive
you home, as you will be unable to drive immediately following surgery.
Your doctor will provide you with a pair of protective sunglasses to protect
your eyes from bright lights and glares.
Five things to remember when recovering from cataract surgery:
- Allow yourself time to rest. When you get home, it might be a good idea
to take a nap or go to bed, allowing your eyes time to recover immediately
following the surgery.
- Be patient as your vision recovers. At first, your vision may be blurred
or cloudy as it takes time for your brain and eyes to adapt to the intraocular
lens implant. In many cases, patients experience clear vision in less
than 24 hours following surgery, though others don’t experience
clear vision for days or even a few weeks following surgery.
- Reduce risk of infection. Avoid swimming or using a hot tub for at least
the first week after surgery, and avoid exposing your eyes to dust and
wind that can irritate the eye. It’s also important to avoid rubbing
- Know that it is normal to need eyeglasses following cataract surgery. Depending
on the replacement lenses chosen and your previous prescription needs,
you may still require corrective lenses following cataract surgery. Cataract
replacement lenses do contain their own correction, so you will most likely
need a new prescription for contacts or eyeglasses after surgery. It’s
impossible to know what prescription you will need until your eyes have
healed completely from surgery.
- Always protect your eyes from the sun. Buy sunglasses that block at least
99 percent of ultraviolet rays from the sun. If you don’t select
sunglasses with UV Protection, you aren’t doing your eyes any good.
Wraparound sunglasses are ideal, as they will also block rays from entering
from the side. UV protection has nothing to do with how dark the tint
of your sunglasses is. If the label reads “UV absorption up to 400m,”
it is equivalent to 100 percent UV protection. Keep in mind that during
the summer, the sun’s UVA and UVB rays can be at least three times
higher than they are during the winter, making proper eye protection even
more critical, especially for patients recovering from cataract surgery.
Cataract surgery has a record of success, with as many as 90 percent of
cataract patients experiencing good outcomes from surgery. If you experience
vision loss, persistent pain, increased eye redness, light flashes, floaters,
nausea, vomiting or excessive coughing after cataract surgery, contact
your doctor immediately.
If you hare considering cataract surgery, contact Key-Whitman to
schedule a free consultation.