Welcome to day 2 of our trip through Cataractville. Today we will explore recovering from Cataract Surgery. To experience the easiest recovery after Cataract Surgery as well as to have a successful and uncomplicated Cataract Surgery, it is important to FOLLOW YOUR SURGEON’S INSTRUCTIONS.
It is completely normal for each patient’s recovery from Cataract Surgery to be slightly different. Each person is unique in their overall health, healing process and tolerance to eye surgery. However, there are some basic expectations that are pretty common for almost all people having Cataract Surgery.
With the advancements in technology and lens implants, the recovery for Cataract Surgery is very fast. The procedure is done on an "out-patient" basis. Most patients are driving themselves the next day to their post-operative visit.
Patients will prepare for surgery by taking antibiotic and anti-inflammatory drops the day before their procedure and will remain on drops for three weeks post-operatively.
The patient will typically leave the surgery center wearing sun glasses that we advise to keep on if outside for one week and indoors in a brightly lit room. Some surgeons instruct their patients to sleep in an eye shield the first night to protect the eye.
The eye must remain dry for one week post-operatively. When bathing we ask that the face be washed with a wash cloth avoiding the operative eye. No make-up, moisturizers or lotions are to be used near the eye for one week as well. We suggest not washing the hair for several days after surgery.
Some patients experience grogginess as the the effects of the anti-anxiety medications given before surgery. These symptoms usually end before the patient leaves the surgery center. We ask the patient just relax for the rest of the day and allow the eye to heal.
In the days and weeks following surgery, some patients experience a ring or halo around lights. Dependant on the lens implant, this may or may not diminish over time. Usually the brain will adapt and the rings will no longer be apparent to the patient.
Try not to touch or rub your eyes for the first week after surgery. It may be necessary to be fir with new eyeglasses after surgery as your prescription will now have changed. Your surgeon will advise you.
Hopefully you have found this information helpful and somewhat comforting.