Frequent question: How long do you stay in hospital after cataract surgery?

You’ll be at the hospital for no more than four hours. Cataract surgery can be performed using eye drops to numb the area, or under a local anaesthetic. If you have surgery with eye drops only, you will need to wear a transparent shield over your eye until you get home.

How long after cataract surgery can you go home?

Most people are able to return to work or their normal routine in 1 to 3 days. After your eye heals, you may still need to wear glasses, especially for reading. This care sheet gives you a general idea about how long it will take for you to recover.

How long are you in hospital for a cataract operation?

You can expect to be in hospital for between 3 and 6 hours. We ask patients to arrive at specific times to allow plenty of time for all the pre-operative checks and examination to be made before your surgeon starts the operating list.

Can you walk immediately after cataract surgery?

We recommend that you avoid any exercise for at least one week after cataract surgery. Any discomfort and tenderness from the surgery will settle within a few days and you can begin with some light to moderate exercise such as walking or stretching.

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What can I expect immediately after cataract surgery?

After the procedure

After cataract surgery, expect your vision to begin improving within a few days. Your vision may be blurry at first as your eye heals and adjusts. Colors may seem brighter after your surgery because you are looking through a new, clear lens.

Are you put to sleep for cataract surgery?

medication is given so that you are essentially asleep through the procedure. You may be awake or asleep during the surgery depending upon the amount of sedation given, but you will not be uncomfortable. There is no pain during cataract surgery.

Will I need glasses after cataract surgery?

Regardless of the type of lens you select, you may still need to rely on glasses some of the time, but if correctly selected, your IOLs can greatly reduce your dependence on glasses. Discuss your options with your ophthalmologist to determine the IOL that best suits your vision needs and lifestyle.

What happens if you bend after cataract surgery?

You should not bend over after cataract surgery for at least 2 weeks. Bending over will place pressure on the eye and this may cause unnecessary complications to your eye. The main complication will be a delay in the healing process.

How painful is cataract surgery?

Cataract surgery is not painful. While patients are awake during surgery, there is little or no discomfort involved. A mild sedative may be administered before the surgery, which calms the nerves, and eye drops are used to numb the eye.

How long does cataract surgery take?

Cataract surgery takes 10 to 20 minutes to complete, depending on the severity of the condition. You should also plan to spend up to 30 minutes following the surgery to recover from the effects of the sedative.

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How long should I sleep with an eye shield after cataract surgery?

Wear your eye shield at night or while napping so you don’t rub your eye while sleeping. Your doctor will tell you how many nights to do this. For most people it’s from 1 to 7 nights.