Two common questions patients have about cataract surgery is how long it will take to recover after the surgery is complete and what will be required of them post-surgery. Understanding the recovery process for cataract surgery is helpful both for patients and for the patient’s caregivers. If you have any further questions about the cataract surgery recovery process, don’t hesitate to contact your local eye doctor at Round Rock Eye Consultants.
Cataract Surgery Recovery
The first thing to note about post-surgery recovery is that your vision may be blurry and your eyes may be very sensitive to light at first. Don’t worry though. This is not permanent. Your eyes need time to heal and adjust. Fortunately, your eye doctor will provide you with special glasses that will help protect your eyes on your way home from the procedure. Your eye doctor will also provide you with a shield that you should wear at night. This will prevent you from bumping or poking your eye while sleeping.
Following cataract surgery, it’s not unusual to feel some itchiness, irritation, or pain in the eyes. Be sure to avoid touching or rubbing them. Aside from disturbing the healing process, this could lead to an infection or increased inflammation. Your eye doctor will prescribe different eye drops for both before and after surgery to help control inflammation and prevent infection.
Since you were most likely under some form of sedation during your cataract surgery, you may still feel a little drowsy after the procedure. To ensure your safety, you’ll need to have someone come with you for the duration of the procedure who will drive you home. You’ll be glad to know that the majority of the irritation will subside after just a few days and you’ll be able to get back to your normal routine.
If you’re looking for an ophthalmologist in Round Rock or the surrounding areas, give us a call at Rock Rock Eye Consultants. Fortunately, due to significant advancements in cataract surgery and eye care in general, post-surgery recovery time is kept to a minimum and you’ll be surprised at how quickly you can get back to doing the things you love. Although complications are possible, they are very rare and can be dealt with effectively. If you have any questions, speak with one of our eye doctors today.