Cataract Surgery Recovery

Cataract surgery enjoys a high success rate in restoring vision, and it is also accompanied by a relatively brief recovery period.

Your ophthalmologist will review your cataract surgery recovery guidelines with you in detail prior to your procedure. In most cases, patients are able to resume normal, low-impact activities the day following surgery and notice the full results of their vision improvement within a month.

Cataract surgery is performed on an outpatient basis under local or topical anesthetic, so you will need someone to drive you home after your cataract surgery. A protective eye shield will be placed over your eye. While you may be able to remove this shield several hours later, you will need to replace it over your eye any time you are asleep for the week following cataract surgery.

Your vision may seem cloudy or blurry when you first remove your eye shield; this is normal, since it takes time for your body to adapt to the new intraocular lens that has been placed. Although most people are able to return to their normal, daily activities within a day or two after cataract surgery, there are a few key tips to follow to help ensure a smooth, comfortable recovery:

  • Apply antibiotic eye drops as prescribed to you by your eye doctor
  • Avoid strenuous activities such as intense exercise or heavy lifting for a few weeks
  • Take care to protect your eyes from wind, dust and other irritants for a few weeks following cataract surgery
  • Do not swim or use a hot tub within the first week after cataract surgery
  • Avoid rubbing your eyes

Most patients will experience the full results of their vision improvement within a week to six weeks following cataract surgery. It’s important to remember that everyone heals at a different rate, and individual experiences during recovery may vary.

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