What to expect when recovering from cataract surgery

Portrait of loving senior coupleCataract surgery is one of the more common surgeries in the United States. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, approximately 24.5 million Americans have cataracts at any given time. It is currently the leading cause of blindness, and cataract surgery is a great way to restore vision. While it is a relatively quick and straightforward operation, it is still surgery. Our team at Wilkinson Eye Center in Pontiac and Clarkston, MI can help you understand what you can expect during your recovery from cataract surgery.

Immediately after surgery

After your surgery, you are taken to a recovery room, where you are monitored for a short period of time. You may experience some discomfort or burning in your eye, and your vision will be blurry. Your surgeon can prescribe eye drops to help with these symptoms.

You will also be given explicit instructions on how to care for your eye during the recovery period. Therefore, you must follow these instructions carefully to avoid complications.

The day after surgery

Most people can go home the day after surgery. However, you will need another person to drive you home as your vision will still be blurry, and it is not safe for you to drive.

You should plan to take it easy for the first few days and avoid any strenuous activity. You should also avoid getting soap or water in your eye when showering or bathing. Your surgeon will likely see you the day after surgery to check on your progress and remove your protective shield.

Two weeks after surgery

By two weeks after surgery, most people have made a full recovery. Your vision will be back to normal, and you should be able to return to your normal activities. Avoid rubbing or touching your eye. You may also need to use drops like artificial tears more often than usual to keep your eye lubricated.

If you experience any persistent pain, redness, discharge, or vision changes, you should contact the doctor right away–these persisting issues can be a sign of complications that need further evaluation.

Schedule an appointment today with our team!

Cataract surgery is typically a safe and effective procedure with a very low risk of complications. Following your surgeon’s instructions and taking things easy during the recovery period can help ensure a successful outcome. If you are interested in this procedure, call our office at 248-334-4931 to request an appointment at either of our practice locations.

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