Cataract Surgery Recovery Explained

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Cataract Surgery Recovery Process Explained

As long as you are in good health, Cataract Surgery recovery tends to be relatively fast.  A typical cataract procedure only takes several minutes per eye to perform, however after the surgery you will be taken to a postoperative room to rest for about an hour while the anesthesia wares off and your recovery is monitored. You will need to have someone with you to drive you home following your cataract surgery, as you will not be in a condition to drive. You will be given a protective shield to wear for several hours following your procedure, and you will be required to wear this shield any time you sleep or take naps for about a week, depending on the advice of your doctor.

Following your cataract surgery, you may experience mild irritation, tearing and be a little sensitive to light. Dark sunglasses can alleviate the light sensitivity, and your doctor may suggest a pain reliever such as ibuprofen to help with the irritation. For several weeks during the cataract recovery process you will be prescribed eye drops to assist healing and prevent infection. Most of your day-to-day activities will not be restricted, however your doctor may ask you to avoid certain activities for a short length of time. It is normal for your vision to appear blurry or fuzzy immediately after removing your eye shield, as your eyes will need some time to adjust following the cataract procedure. During this initial recovery period, you might also experience bloodshot eyes and slight bruising in the skin surrounding your eye.  These side effects should fade within a matter of days as your eye continues to heal. While some cataract patients will experience clear vision within just hours of surgery, others will have a longer recovery time that may last several weeks. Because everyone is different, you should be sure to speak with your doctor about what to expect during your cataract surgery recovery.

Cataract Surgery

Cataract Surgery Recovery