How long does it take to recover from cataract surgery?
These side effects usually improve within a few days but it can take 4 to 6 weeks to recover fully. If you need new glasses, you won’t be able to order them until your eye has completely healed – usually after 6 weeks.
Do and don’ts after cataract surgery?
Time to Heal
Immediately after the surgery, avoid bending over as it puts added pressure on your eye. Try not to sneeze for the same reasons. Do not drive the day after your surgery. We don’t want you to do any strenuous exercise or heavy lifting for the first few weeks after your surgery.
Can I watch TV after cataract surgery?
Immediately after cataract surgery
Once you get home, it is recommended that you rest your eyes and nap. Several hours post surgery, most people are able to watch some television or look at a computer screen for a short period of time.
How long does cataract surgery take?
How long does cataract surgery take? The total process, from the time a patient enters the office to when he or she leaves, is about two and a half hours. The procedure itself typically takes less than 20 minutes.
Does cataract surgery give you 20 20 Vision?
Will I see 20/20? Your vision after cataract surgery depends on: How advanced your cataracts were. What type of intraocular lens, or IOL, you chose.
How long after cataract surgery can I sleep on my side?
Cataract surgery should not affect how you sleep, aside from wearing the protective eye shield to avoid rubbing the eye. Rubbing your eye or even water splashing in your eye can aggravate the chances of infection. You may also want to avoid sleeping on the side of the operated eye for the first 24 hours.
Should I wear my old glasses after cataract surgery?
Usually, old prescription glasses will no longer work very well with the newly operated eye. Because there is no harm in wearing them, some patients continue to use their old prescription eyeglasses to see with the un-operated eye.
How long do you have to wear eye shield after cataract surgery?
It is important that you wear the shield as instructed by your surgeon. This eye shield is more protective than a standard eye patch, guarding your eye from dust or any potential injury as you heal. You may be instructed to sleep with the shield for at least one week following your surgery.
What happens if you bend over after cataract surgery?
Although patients undergoing cataract surgery may believe that they should not bend down after their operation, modern microsurgery produces a secure wound which is resistant to the changes in intraocular pressure which may occur with changes in posture.
How should I sleep after cataract surgery?
Sleeping in any position is acceptable, but the person should avoid direct pressure on the operated eye. A protective eye shield should be worn during sleep or nap for at least the first week after surgery. This helps to prevent accidental injury to his eye during sleep.
How long do I need to wear dark glasses outside after cataract surgery?
After cataract surgery, your doctor will tell you to wear UV-protecting sunglasses for at least one year, even though your intraocular lens has a special UV coating too. You can speak with your eye doctor about specific recommended sunglasses to wear after cataract surgery.
How do you shower after cataract surgery?
You can take a shower or bath 24 hours after your surgery. Do not get water or soap in your eye. Keep your eye closed while you shower. Use a clean washcloth every time and normal tap water to clean secretions from your lashes or the corner of your eye.
What are the disadvantages of cataract surgery?
Potential cataract surgery complications include:
- Posterior capsule opacity (PCO)
- Intraocular lens dislocation.
- Eye inflammation.
- Light sensitivity.
- Photopsia (perceived flashes of light)
- Macular edema (swelling of the central retina)
- Ptosis (droopy eyelid)
- Ocular hypertension (elevated eye pressure)
Is it better to have cataract surgery early?
Although it’s never too late to have a cataract removed, it is better to have cataracts removed while they are immature, as this reduces the length of surgery and the recovery time. Earlier removal also means that you avoid the significant visual impairment associated with very mature (hypermature) cataracts.