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Recovering From Cataract Surgery

Monday, June 01, 2015

If your eye doctor has recommended you for cataract surgery, you might find yourself worrying about the procedure itself, or the recovery time. How long before you see again? But don’t worry – after the surgery is performed, you can expect your vision to return within a few days at most, and although it might be blurry for a couple of days, recovery is generally pretty quick.

Cataract surgery itself is usually performed one of  two ways: either by a probe breaking up the cloudy lens, called phacoemulsification, or by an incision, known as extracapsular extraction. The IOL, or intraocular lens, is a thin permanent silicone or acrylic disc that is inserted into the eye, taking place of the cloudy lens.

Regardless of the surgical method your doctor uses, you can expect full recovery within a month or so. In the meantime, however, be sure to take care of your eyes with the following tips: 

• Avoid rubbing your eyes
• Use any medicated drops that may have been prescribed to help with irritation
• Don’t sneeze or vomit if at all possible directly after surgery
• Limit computer use, or other activities that may cause eye strain
• Avoid heavy lifting for the first 1-2 weeks after surgery

Some blurry vision and discomfort is common after cataract surgery. Your doctor will likely want to see you a few days after, and then a week following surgery to make sure that you’re healing properly. Full recovery usually takes about a month. In the meantime, rest assured knowing that you’re on your way to a new outlook on life – literally!