• A Patient and Surgeon in the Operating Room During Ophthalmic Surgery.

What to Expect After Laser Cataract Surgery?

Thanks to the advance­ments in tech­nol­o­gy in this day and age, it’s pos­si­ble to per­form all sorts of surg­eries with ease and pre­ci­sion. That said, laser cataract surgery is con­sid­ered to be one of the most suc­cess­ful­ly per­formed surg­eries across the globe. With the inno­v­a­tive laser tech­nol­o­gy, it takes only about 10 min­utes for each eye to be oper­at­ed on. Just like the pro­ce­dure itself, the recov­ery after laser cataract surgery should pro­ceed rel­a­tive­ly smooth­ly and quick­ly as long as the patient is in good health con­di­tion with no oth­er major eye issues. Still, it’s impor­tant to know what to expect after the surgery, so let’s delve into it a bit deep­er.

Immediately After the Cataract Surgery

As soon as the surgery is done, you’ll have to rest in a des­ig­nat­ed patient area for about half an hour. This is approx­i­mate­ly how long it will take for the eye drop anes­the­sia to wear off. That said, it’s impor­tant that you have arranged for some­one to take you home postop cataract surgery. If you get a laser cataract surgery in New York or a city that’s just as busy, you should nev­er risk get­ting home on your own, even if it may seem you’re capa­ble to at first. The same goes for leav­ing your home in the next 24 hours as well.

Even though you might have enough self-con­trol not to rub your eye after the surgery, you nev­er know what uncon­scious move you might make as you sleep. Because of that, the doc­tor will put a pro­tec­tive shield over your eye just in case. It’s not nec­es­sary to wear it dur­ing the day (unless your doc­tor has specif­i­cal­ly instruct­ed you to do so for a day or two) but you should wear it dur­ing the night as a part of your cataract surgery after­care for an entire week. Don’t wor­ry about the day­light affect­ing your eyes either; spe­cial sun­glass­es will also be pro­vid­ed to reduce eye sen­si­tiv­i­ty. In case you feel tired, don’t hes­i­tate to rest as much as nec­es­sary.

Aged Grey-Haired Woman Walking After Surgery With the Help of Nurse

A Few Days After the Cataract Surgery

Chances are that your vision will be blur­ry and maybe even dis­tort­ed for a cou­ple of days. Dur­ing this peri­od your eye adjusts to the new lens and heals. It’s not uncom­mon to expe­ri­ence mild dis­com­fort such as itch­ing and tear­ing. If it occurs at all, eye pain after cataract surgery shouldn’t be too both­er­some, but this too will pass after a few days.

Fur­ther­more, in the next cou­ple of days, you might notice that your eyes are blood­shot and/or small bruis­ing. This is all com­plete­ly nor­mal and should dis­ap­pear in less than a week. Even though advanced and quick, laser cataract surgery is still a surgery, which may cause slight dam­age to the blood ves­sels in your eyes togeth­er with the effect of the injectable anes­the­sia, thus lead­ing to the men­tioned con­di­tions.

As your vision improves, and it will dur­ing the next few days, you might notice some col­ors to appear brighter. This is because you now have a com­plete­ly new lens to look through. There’s also a chance of a halo show­ing up around lights as you look at them dur­ing the night. But every­thing will return to nor­mal soon enough as your eye prop­er­ly adjusts.

Weeks After the Cataract Surgery

It’s impor­tant that you go to the sched­uled appoint­ments with your doc­tor as a fol­low-up after the cataract surgery. Most often, these fol­low-ups will be about a week and a month after the surgery. In gen­er­al, the major­i­ty of patients com­plete­ly heal and report sta­ble vision between 8 and 10 weeks postop. In case you need to go through a cataract surgery for both eyes, the surgery for the sec­ond eye will be sched­uled after the full recov­ery from the first one.  

Pre­scrip­tion eye­glass­es will also be a part of your after­care. How long you’ll have to wear these depends on your con­di­tion, eyes, and the heal­ing process. How­ev­er, you’ll have to wait between 1 and 3 months after the surgery to get prop­er­ly fit­ted for pre­scrip­tion eye­glass­es. Fur­ther­more, you’ll have to get in the habit of wear­ing sun­glass­es dur­ing real­ly bright days. Sun­glass­es are a cataract surgery recov­ery essen­tial for about a whole year postop.

How Long Does It Take for Vision to Clear After Cataract Surgery?

Don’t be con­cerned if your vision is not as sharply focused as you want it to be. Some peo­ple have a com­plete­ly clear vision just hours after the surgery while oth­ers may need to wait about a week or two to final­ly get to this point. It all depends on the indi­vid­ual. In gen­er­al, you should expect a ful­ly sta­ble vision after 8–10 weeks.  

Reasons for Concern After Cataract Surgery

Com­pli­ca­tions after cataract surgery are fair­ly uncom­mon, but that doesn’t mean they can’t hap­pen at all. There­fore, it’s impor­tant to fol­low the doctor’s advice to a tee. And if you notice any of the fol­low­ing symp­toms, make sure to con­tact your doc­tor as soon as pos­si­ble:

  • Eye pain is get­ting worse
  • Your eye­sight is get­ting worse
  • You see more and more flashes/floating spots
  • The redness/swelling isn’t sub­sid­ing
  • There’s an eye dis­charge
  • You have a fever
  • You expe­ri­ence vom­it­ing and/or nau­sea

Young Caucasian Female Doctor in White Uniform Consult Senior Male Patient at Meeting in Private Clinic

Other Things to Keep in Mind

Depend­ing on how your recov­ery process is pro­gress­ing, it’s more than like­ly for your doc­tor to pre­scribe you ade­quate eye drops. These often con­tain antibi­otics and/or anti-inflam­ma­to­ry agents to speed up the heal­ing and pre­vent infec­tion. It’s nec­es­sary to apply them sev­er­al times dur­ing the day. Fur­ther­more, your doc­tor will either give you a sheet or tell you which activ­i­ties should be avoid­ed dur­ing the recov­ery peri­od. Of course, these might change as you go to your fol­low-ups and enter dif­fer­ent stages of recov­ery.

Tips for Postop Cataract Surgery

You should feel rel­a­tive­ly fine after a day postop, but that doesn’t mean you’re com­plete­ly recov­ered or that you can engage in any stren­u­ous activ­i­ties or do any­thing that might irri­tate your eye. That said, keep in mind the fol­low­ing:

  • Refrain from exer­cis­ing or light­ing heavy objects for at least a cou­ple of weeks.
  • Don’t dri­ve until your doc­tor says it’s OK to.
  • Make sure that you fol­low your doctor’s orders prop­er­ly in regards to the eye drop appli­ca­tion.
  • It’s a good idea to dust and clean your home before the surgery as you should keep your­self away from dust and oth­er aller­gens for a while.
  • Eye rub­bing can cause infec­tion even under nor­mal cir­cum­stances so remem­ber not to touch your eye when it’s still sen­si­tive after surgery.
  • If you enjoy swim­ming or own a hot tub, refrain from both for at least a week postop.
  • Don’t use make­up until your doc­tor says it’s safe to do so.

If you have a cataract prob­lem or any oth­er issue with your eyes and vision, feel free to reach out to us at Dia­mond Vision. Thanks to the state-of-the-art equip­ment and tech­nol­o­gy, our clin­ics in New York, New Jer­sey, Atlanta, and Con­necti­cut are well suit­ed to treat var­i­ous eye con­di­tions. What­ev­er the issue may be, our friend­ly staff will take great care of you with years of expe­ri­ence under their belts. In case you wish to achieve the clar­i­ty of vision, don’t hes­i­tate to get in touch with us at Dia­mond Vision and sched­ule your free con­sul­ta­tion.

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