Cataract Surgery Home Care and Complications

Choosing the doctors at Katzen Eye Group for your cataract procedure was your first step toward a successful surgical outcome. Now that you’re recuperating at home, you’ll need to treat yourself just as gently as our ophthalmologists treated your eyes during surgery.

What to Expect After Cataract Surgery

Understanding what to expect after your cataract surgery will help you feel more at ease during your first few hours at home. You may experience the following symptoms, but know that they are completely normal and should dissipate in a few days:

  • Itching and mild discomfort
  • Some fluid discharge
  • Your eye may be sensitive to light and touch

Caring for Your Eyes after Cataract Surgery

Ophthalmologists at Katzen Eye Group will prescribe medication in the form of eye drops and ointment for you to apply regularly. Beyond that, you should protect your eyes at all times, gently clean your eyes morning and night with a sterile cotton ball or washcloth and avoid any extra pressure on the eyelids.

Complications – When to Call the Doctor

Complications are rare with cataract surgery, but they can happen, so just be aware of the signs that you need to call your doctor:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding in the eye
  • Inflammation that includes pain, redness, or swelling
  • Any loss of vision
  • Vomiting
  • Double vision

Please contact us today, if you are having vision difficulty due to cataracts. Our cataract surgery staff at Katzen Eye Group in Baltimore and Lutherville, Maryland can help improve your vision and ensure that you know what to do to protect your eyes after surgery.

How Long Does LASIK Last? LASIK Touch Ups

The lasting effects of LASIK have been studied since it gained widespread acceptance for vision correction in the year 2000, making it the most studied elective procedure. Studies have shown that 95 to 98 percent of laser vision correction patients obtain a minimum of 20/40 vision.

Once you’ve obtained that level of vision, can you maintain it? The answer is yes and no. Let’s look at what the typical LASIK surgery patient can expect as he or she moves immediately from post-op and on down through the years.

General Post-Operative Expectations

Three to six months after surgery, most patients find their vision has stabilized and they can now determine what their final vision will be.

Again, by the six month mark, patients should know the cumulative effect of the LASIK surgery and have stable vision. Visual acuity should remain fairly constant for the rest of life, assuming that cataracts or other age-related diseases don’t develop.

As you approach your forties, your near-sightedness will change, as it does even for those who never needed glasses or contacts. At this point, you’ll likely need some type of correction for reading.

Our LASIK surgeons at Katzen Eye Group in Baltimore and Lutherville, Maryland can help you with initial procedures, as well as LASIK touchups. Please contact us today to schedule your appointment.