What to Expect
While having eye surgery can seem scary or intimidating, modern cataract surgery is minimally invasive, and your recovery will likely be shorter and less painful than you may expect. It typically takes about four weeks to fully recover from surgery, but you should notice your vision gradually becoming clearer and more focused as the days and weeks pass.
You’ve Just Undergone Cataract Surgery. Now What?
Once your procedure is finished, you’ll be given a shield with which to cover your eye. Cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure, meaning you won’t need to stay in the surgical facility overnight. That said, because one of your eyes will be temporarily out of commission, you will need to have someone else drive you home.
Immediately following your procedure, you may notice that your eye feels sore, irritated, or itchy — all of which are normal. During the first day or two of the recovery process, you may also notice that your eye is prone to tearing up more than usual, or that you have trouble seeing in bright light. These symptoms are also completely normal.
While you should avoid bending over at the waist or performing any heavy lifting during the first few days of recovery, walking, climbing stairs, and doing light housework are all fair game. You’ll be sent home with eye drops that will help prevent infections, and you should be careful to not get soap or shampoo in your eye when bathing. Do not start driving or exercising until your doctor has said it’s okay to do so. Further, we recommend that you continue to wear your eye shield for up to seven nights in order to prevent yourself from rubbing your eye while sleeping.
In the days and weeks following your procedure, you’ll need to schedule several follow-up appointments with your surgeon to make sure your eye is healing properly. At Kleiman Evangelista Eye Centers of Texas, we’ll keep you up-to-date and informed about how your recovery is progressing, and do everything in our power to make your healing process as comfortable as possible. If you find that you’re experiencing persistent pain in your eye — or if you think your eye isn’t recovering as quickly as it should be — contact us immediately.
What Happens If You Have Cataracts in Both Eyes?
Should you have cataracts in both eyes, you will need to have each eye operated on separately. This ensures the first eye has adequate time to recover, and prevents any side effects or complications from affecting both eyes simultaneously.
For instance, your vision will likely be blurry for a few days following your procedure as your eye adapts to its new lens. This is often especially noticeable after your first procedure — because your eyes work together to focus on objects, your eye with the new lens and your eye with the cataract will have to adjust to each other and find the proper balance. This can be a little disorienting, but the good news is that you can receive surgery on your second eye shortly after receiving surgery on your first eye — sometimes even within a few days.
For a small percentage of patients, the artificial lens that is inserted during cataract surgery will become cloudy after a number of years. This is caused by scar tissue building up around the new lens, and is easily treated with a brief outpatient procedure called a YAG laser capsulotomy that can often be performed in an ophthalmologist’s office.
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