What can I expect after my first cataract surgery?

Most people see better 1 to 3 days after surgery. But it could take 3 to 10 weeks to get the full benefits of surgery and to see as clearly as possible. Your doctor may send you home with a bandage, patch, or clear shield on your eye. This will keep you from rubbing your eye.

How long after cataract surgery does your eye feel normal?

Within 2 – 3 months after cataract surgery, your eye should be comfortable and your vision should be clear. If you have residual nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism, you may need prescription eyeglasses.

What are the most common problems after cataract surgery?

Here are 10 problems you might experience after cataract surgery, why they occur and what to do about them.

  • Blurry vision. …
  • Dry eye. …
  • Glare, halos and other unwanted images. …
  • Light sensitivity. …
  • Nausea or disorientation. …
  • Floaters or flashes of lights.
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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.

How do you feel right after cataract surgery?

Right after cataract surgery

You may be a little tired, groggy, or disoriented when you get home. You’re going to want to take a nap but before you can do that, make sure you put on the eye shield that your surgeon gave you. The eye shield isn’t exactly pretty but it will protect your eye while you’re sleeping.

Can I read after cataract surgery?

You can read or watch TV right away, but things may look blurry. 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.

Can you go out in the sun after cataract surgery?

You should wear sunglasses outside, but it’s even more important after cataract surgery. Protect your eyes from UV damage and don’t go out unless you have a good pair of sunglasses on!

Can your eyes get worse after cataract surgery?

No, your vision generally doesn’t deteriorate after cataract surgery unless other problems arise, such as macular degeneration or glaucoma.

What percentage of cataract surgeries are successful?

High success rates

Most people do exceedingly well with cataract surgery. Its success rate is about 99 percent. Complications from cataract surgery are rare but may include corneal swelling and/or inflammation in the eyes.

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What are the negatives of cataract surgery?

Side effects are rare from cataract surgery, but some things that could happen are: Eye infection or swelling. Bleeding. Retinal detachment — the breaking away of a layer of tissue at the back of your eye that senses light.

How long does it take for the brain to adjust to cataract surgery?

It can take the brain a little time to adjust to the change, however. Every patient is different, but the typical blended vision surgery recovery time is around 6-8 weeks.

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.

What happens on day 2 after cataract surgery?

It’s completely normal to experience a little-blurred vision while your eyesight settles for a day or two, or in some cases for a week or two. Some people can require glasses for distance or near vision after cataract surgery but also have the option of laser eye surgery to decrease the need for glasses.

Can you drive at night after cataract surgery?

Be Careful Driving at Night During Surgical Recovery

Glare, halos, and issues with light sensitivity are not uncommon. Be sure to take things slow when it comes to driving at night. If you notice glare and halos, try to avoid driving yourself at night until these issues have resolved.

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How do you wash your hair after cataract surgery?

It’s usually considered safe to wash your hair 24 hours after you have cataract surgery. However, you should keep your eyes closed and avoid getting any water or shampoo in your eye, and, it’s advised that you use a mild or baby shampoo. You should also avoid rubbing your eye.