Why do people wear dark glasses after cataract surgery?

What’s up with people wearing those big sunglasses after cataract surgery? The main reason is for protection – physical protection to assure nothing hits the eye immediately after surgery, and protection from sunlight and other bright lights.

Is it necessary to wear black glasses after cataract surgery?

Do I need to wear dark glasses after cataract surgery? No, you don’t have to wear sunglasses after cataract surgery. However, many find that they are more light-sensitive since more light is entering the eye post-surgery.

How long do you wear black glasses after cataract surgery?

You reduce your risk of developing them at all. After cataract surgery, your doctor will tell you to wear UV-protecting sunglasses for at least one year, even though your intraocular lens has a special UV coating too.

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What happens if you don’t wear sunglasses after cataract surgery?

Everyone should protect their eyes from UV rays outdoors, both before and after cataract surgery, Dr. Bansal says. In fact, UV protection may even slow the development of cataracts. This means there’s no set time frame to wear sunglasses after cataract surgery.

Do eyes look different after cataract surgery?

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.

When can you watch TV after cataract surgery?

Several hours following the surgery, most patients are able to watch some television or look at a computer screen for a short period of time. It’s important however that you don’t over-exert your eyes during the first 24 hours post-surgery. You can expect to return to most normal activities during the first week.

What type of glasses will I need after cataract surgery?

People had to wear very thick eyeglasses or special contact lenses to be able to see clearly after cataract surgery. Now, we have a replacement for the eye’s natural lenses called intraocular lenses (IOLs). There are several types of lens implants available to help reduce or eliminate your dependence on glasses.

Can I go for a walk 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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How many days after cataract surgery can you wash your hair?

It is best to wait two days after surgery before washing your hair.

What happens if I accidentally rub my eye after cataract surgery?

Rubbing your eye can lead to bacteria or an infection, and the pressure is also bad for the healing incision. Your eye may itch sometimes, but rubbing it will only make things worse— you must resist the urge! Keeping your eye as clean and clear of contact as possible will lead to faster healing.

Why does it feel like something is in my eye after cataract surgery?

Many people complain that they feel like there is sand in the eye or that the eye feels scratchy after surgery. This is a normal sensation caused by the small incision in your eye, and it should heal within a week or so. If you have dry eye, the discomfort may last longer—up to three months.

How long does it take for blurriness to go away after cataract surgery?

According to the American Optometric Association, approximately 90 percent of patients report having better vision after having cataract surgery. After cataract surgery, it’s normal for your vision to be blurry at first as your eye recovers. The blurred vision will typically go away within a few days.

What strength reading glasses will I need after cataract surgery?

You will of course need reading glasses, which will be an extra +2.5 or so to your distance prescription. These glasses may be reading glasses only, varifocals, or bifocals.

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What activities should be avoided after cataract surgery?

Avoid heavy lifting, exercise, and other strenuous activities. Exercise can cause complications while you’re healing. You’re at higher risk of having an accident if you’re doing anything physically taxing.