What to Expect After Cataract Surgery

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November 3, 2020


Precautions After Cataract Surgery

What To Do After Cataract Surgery InfographicCataract surgery, where the clouded lens of your eye is removed and replaced with an artificial one, is a common and safe procedure. Generally, patients are able to go home a few hours after the operation.  

What to Expect the Day After Cataract Surgery   

Most people can resume their everyday activities a few days after the procedure. However, your vision may be a bit blurry at first, and you will need to refrain from rigorous activities until your doctor clears you to do so at your post-operative checkup 

As your eye heals and adjusts to the new lens, you might see distorted images, experience slight itchiness, or have bloodshot eyes – however, these symptoms will eventually disappear. In the meantime, your doctor may ask you to wear an eyepatch at night to prevent you from rubbing your eye in your sleep.  

The Weeks After Cataract Surgery  

In general, your doctor will check on your eye at least three times after the produce (a day after, a week after, and a month after)You may still experience adjustments in vision as late as 8 to 10 weeks after surgery, which is why your doctor will likely refrain from updating your glasses prescription until your vision has completely settled. 

 There are some symptoms that may be a sign of a serious issue, they include: 

  • Eye pain 
  • Sudden change in vision 
  • Light flashes 
  • Floating spots 
  • Swelling 
  • Redness 
  • Discharge 
  • Nausea 
  • Severe headaches 

If you experience any of these after cataract surgery, you should contact your doctor immediately. 

Tips for Cataract Surgery Recovery  

Many patients recover quickly and have excellent vision after the procedure. Nonetheless, it’s recommended to observe a few precautions and tips in the first few weeks following the surgery to avoid any complications.  

  • Avoid strenuous activities for a few weeks, including vigorous exercise and lifting heavy things. Bending over after the operation is not recommended as it can put additional pressure on your eye.  
  • Do not drive – ask your doctor to tell you when it’s safe for you to resume driving which will likely depend on how quickly your vision stabilizes. 
  • Use antibiotic and anti-inflammatory eye drops. Your doctor will prescribe eye drops to you post-surgery to ensure proper healing.  
  • Avoid exposing your eye to dust, dirt, and pollen. Your eye will be sensitive to airborne allergens.  
  • Do not rub your eye.  
  • Avoid swimming for a week.  
  • Do not wear eye make-up. 

Cataract surgery is safe and quick, and it can be life-changing for those with a significant loss of vision due to the disease.  

Monitor for Cataracts 

The sooner you catch cataracts, the sooner you can resume your normal life. For this reason, it’s important that you monitor your eyes. The Insight from EyeQue provides a convenient way to monitor for cataracts from home. It screens for visual acuity and contrast sensitivity, both of which can be indicators of cataract development. If you think you might have cataracts, it’s important that you see your doctor as soon as possible. 


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