Fortunately, advancements in laser technology have made the recovery from cataract surgery much easier than it used to be.

After your procedure

  • After your procedure, you’ll be given a shield to wear over your eye.
  • While you’ll be released from our surgical center the same day, you must have someone else drive you home.
  • Immediately after cataract surgery, eyes may feel sore, irritated, or itchy. This is normal.
  • As you recover, you may tear up more than usual or have trouble seeing when surrounded by bright lights. This is normal and these symptoms usually diminish within a day or two.
  • During the first few days of recovery, patients should avoid lifting heavy objects and bending over at the waist. Generally speaking, walking, climbing stairs, and performing light housework is permitted. Importantly, patients should only resume driving and strenuous exercising after their doctor has given them permission.
  • Patients also will be advised to administer eye drops to prevent infection and wear an eye shield for up to one week to prevent accidental eye-rubbing while asleep.
  • In general, patients must be careful not to irritate the eye or splash soap into it.

Expect your ICON surgeon to schedule regular follow-up appointments to monitor your recovery process. Our team is committed to ensuring that you are well-informed and comfortable as your eyes heal. Patients who experience persistent pain or believe their eye isn’t healing according to schedule should contact their eye care specialist immediately.

Full Recovery & Second Eye

Full recovery from cataract surgery typically takes about four weeks. During the days and weeks following the operation, patients’ vision becomes gradually clearer and more focused as they progress through the recovery process.

If you have cataracts in both eyes, your surgeon will operate on one eye first. Blurry vision will continue for several days after surgery as the first eye adjusts to the new artificial lens. This will be especially pronounced for the first surgically repaired eye, as it will naturally attempt to sync focus with the unrepaired eye. After the first eye is complete, the second surgery can be performed shortly thereafter, sometimes within days.

Some patients may experience blurry vision akin to their preoperative vision years after cataract surgery, the result of “secondary cataracts” that are caused by scar tissue amassing around the lens capsule that holds the replacement lens in place. Undergoing a simple outpatient procedure known as a YAG laser capsulotomy can resolve this issue.

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