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How to Recover from Cataract Surgery

recoverCataractsmallCataracts are a clouding of the lens of the eye that gradually worsen until
vision eventually becomes completely blurry. Though
cataractsare not dangerous and cannot hurt the eyes, they can significantly reduce
quality of life. For this reason, many individuals with cataracts will
eventually need to undergo
cataract surgery. During surgery, the clouded lens of the eye is removed and replaced with
an artificial lens implant.
Cataracts are a clouding of the lens of the eye that gradually worsen until
vision eventually becomes completely blurry. Though
cataractsare not dangerous and cannot hurt the eyes, they can significantly reduce
quality of life. For this reason, many individuals with cataracts will
eventually need to undergo
cataract surgery. During surgery, the clouded lens of the eye is removed and replaced with
an artificial lens implant.

If you have been diagnosed with cataracts and are preparing for cataract
surgery, it’s important to know how best to recover after cataract
surgery. Here are seven things you should know about recovery from cataract surgery.

  1. Complications — Cataract surgery is safe, but with any surgery, there is a small chance
    of complications. The most serious infection is infection, which occurs
    in one out of every 500-1000 cataract replacement procedures. Other complications
    include difficulty removing all the pieces of the lens that is being removed.
    Choosing to work with the experienced ophthalmological surgeons at Key-Whitman,
    you will be in good hands during your treatment.
  2. Pain medication — It is normal to experience mild pain or irritation following cataract surgery.
    Your doctor may recommend an over-the-counter pain reliever to ease your
    discomfort.
  3. Eye drops — After surgery, you will be instructed to use eye drops to prevent infection
    and aid healing.
  4. Activities — Normal activities are usually not restricted following cataract surgery,
    though your eye surgeon may suggest you limit strenuous activity or heavy
    lifting for a period of time following surgery.
  5. Eye sensitivity — In addition to mild pain, it is also normal to experience sensitivity to
    light and some mild tearing after cataract surgery. Wearing dark glasses,
    even indoors, can help prevent pain from light as your eyes heal.
  6. Sunglasses — It will also be important to wear sunglasses when you go outside. Look
    for sunglasses that provide 100 percent UV protection and have impact-resistant
    lenses. Wraparound sunglasses are ideal, as they will also block rays
    from entering from the side.
  7. Vision after surgery — You will notice some improvement in your vision the day after surgery and
    maximum improvement about a month after surgery. If you wore glasses or
    contact lenses prior to surgery, you will most likely need prescription
    lenses after cataract surgery, though you may need a new prescription.

If you are considering treatment for cataracts, contact Key-Whitman to
schedule a comprehensive exam. We will be able to discuss all of your options with you. As with any
medical procedure, it’s best to do your research prior to committing
to cataract surgery. Key-Whitman will help explain all of your options to you.

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