Simple cataract surgery typically takes around 10 minutes for an eye doctor to complete. After surgery, you will rest in a recovery area until grogginess from anesthesia wears off, which usually takes around 30 minutes to an hour.
Here’s what you can expect after the surgery, and along with tips for improving recovery time.
Cataract Surgery Recovery
Cloudy, blurry or distorted vision is normal when you first remove the eye shield. It can take a while for your visual system to adapt to the removal of the cataract and adjust to the intraocular lens that replaced your natural lens. Some patients report experiencing wavy vision or distortions, but this usually goes away after an hour or so.
Your eyes may look bloodshot due to temporary blood vessel damage to the white area of your eye during cataract surgery. The redness should disappear within a few days as your eye heals. The skin of the lower part of your eye can bruise if the anesthesia is injected there.
Many patients report that their vision became clear within several hours after surgery. However, each person heals at a different rate. If you wear eyeglasses, you won’t be able to get a new pair until your eye has fully healed, usually after six weeks.
Improve Recovery Time
You can resume your daily routine as soon as 24 hours after the surgery. However, you should observe a few precautions during the first week to prevent complications.
Eye doctors usually prescribe antibiotic eye drops to prevent infection and anti-inflammatory eye drops to reduce any internal inflammation. These eye drops should be applied several times a day for the first week to a month after the surgery.
It’s best not to drive on the day after surgery. Don’t lift heavy objects or perform strenuous activities for a few weeks. After the procedure, avoid bending to prevent putting added pressure on the eye. Always be careful when walking to avoid bumping into doors and other objects. Minimize exposure to dust, dirt and pollen during the first weeks after surgery.
Visit your eye specialist regularly for an eye exam to help preserve your vision. Turn to EyeSite of The Villages for your eye care needs. Call us at (352) 504-4560 or fill out our online form to schedule an appointment. We assist patients in Fruitland Park, FL.