Cataract Surgery – Recovery and Aftercare
Because cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure, you can be driven home immediately afterward. It is advisable to limit activities and plan for some day-to-day help during your recovery period. Walking, climbing stairs, and doing light household chores are acceptable post-surgical activities. It is not advisable to bend from the waist to pick up objects on the floor, or to lift any heavy objects.
Post-surgical symptoms are temporary and may include mild itching and/or discomfort, as well as minor fluid discharge and photosensitivity. It is advisable to refrain from rubbing or pressing on your eye. Discomfort usually does not last longer than 48 hours, and complete recovery from cataract surgery is typical after approximately eight weeks. Concerned with your comfort as much as a successful outcome, your doctor may prescribe medications for preventing post-surgical infection and/or for controlling eye pressure.
Because we keep the “I” in eye care, your treatment does not end with the completion of your cataract surgery, but with a full recovery. While you are healing, we will carefully monitor your progress with follow-up visits scheduled at 1 day, 1 -3 weeks, 9-10 weeks and 6 months after cataract surgery.
Once your eyes have healed from cataract surgery, we will perform a thorough evaluation to assess the need for eyeglasses or contact lenses so that you will have the best possible level of vision. It is typical to require corrective eyewear, at least for some activities, after cataract surgery.
If you did not receive an accommodating or multifocal intraocular lens implant, you are likely to need a lens prescription for reading and close work. This may be in the form of reading glasses, bifocal or progressive addition lenses or monovision lenses.
Although your vision may be corrected after the cataract surgery, of course your team at Eye Car on 5th we will continue to uphold the highest standard of care with regular, comprehensive eye health and vision exams. If cataract surgery was performed on one eye, your doctor will continue to monitor your eye health and assist you in making arrangements for surgery on the second eye, if needed.