How To Recover from Cataract Eye Surgery

Goodbye blurred vision and hello to 20/20 vision—that’s how magical a cataract eye surgery can be. It makes the world colorful again, literally. Does this mean you can already do your usual activities, read the books you missed reading, or watch for falling stars? The good news is, you can do everything you missed doing since you’ve got the cataract. But the bad news is, it will not be as fast as right after the surgery.

Caring for eyes that have undergone surgery is not as easy as giving them a good rest. There are medicines to take, eye drops to apply, and tons of things to avoid. The recovery can be as fast as a month or can be as long as several months.

This is really a case to case basis because one’s recovery from cataract eye surgery depends upon a lot of things like your determination, the surgeon’s skills, the kind of incision, and your current health condition. People with diabetes should expect longer and more complicated recovery. If you had small incision type of surgery, then you can get back to your usual routine right away unlike those who had large incisions.

Know What to Expect

Talk to your doctor, ask patients who have undergone the same surgery, or read a lot of materials. You need to know what will happen to your eyes and what will you do for the next few weeks after the surgery.

You might need to visit the surgeon the day after the surgery. The doctor needs to check the eye condition to see if more procedures or more medicines need to be done or taken. It is best that you ask everything you need to know because you can’t expect doctors to tell you every important detail.

Also, most people will have to rest their eyes for two days to a week so that the wound will heal. Using eye drops might be advised, too, but not in all cases. Again, the best thing to do to recover from the surgery is to follow your doctor’s pieces of advice.

Common Recovery Tips

The tips below are not applicable for everyone. These are only general recovery guides:

  • Never compare your recovery to other patients. Every patient and every surgery is different. So, it will not be very helpful if you will compare your recovery with other people. Just stick to your concerns and to your own recovery.
  • Protect your eyes well a few days after the surgery. Wounds caused by the cataract eye surgery need to be healed first before your eyes can be used normally. It is very important to protect your eyes from anything that might bump into it like wearing clothes, your pet, or people around you. Wear a pair of protective eyeglasses just to make sure nothing and no one can hurt your eyes during this delicate stage. Wear protection even while you are sleeping.
  • Do not force your eyes. That means no watching of TV, no reading, or no forced usage of your eyes until they are fully recovered.
  • Do not lift anything heavy because doing so will only pressure the eyes. The stitches might be affected as well.

Again, the tips above are only general guidelines on how you can recover from cataract eye surgery. Your doctor knows more and knows the best for your unique condition. It’s best to follow his instructions and stick to his pieces of advice.


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