What to expect?
What to expect after Cataract Surgery?
After cataract surgery your doctormay put an eye patch or you will be asked to wear dark goggles. You will be asked to wait for a while in the recovery before you are allowed to leave for home. You cannot drive immediately after surgery so you need to make arrangements to drive you home. After our doctor has seen you, you will be allowed to go home. You need to come back next day for evaluation.
How will I feel after a Cataract Surgery?
Most patients experience a difference in their vision. The common symptoms that one may feel are-
One may feel a bit “off” immediately after the surgery but this will settle eventually
Your eyes may feel itchy
You may notice some sensitivity to bright light for a few days after surgery
You may see glare and haloes around bright light. This is normal and this will reduce eventually.
You may see something floating. This is also normal and will go away eventually.
How long will it take to recover from Cataract Surgery?
Typically,one can resume most low-impact routine activities 24 hrs after cataract surgery.
You may resume all your routine activities from the day of surgery
You can read, watch Television, mobile phones but for 30 – 45 min else it will put strain on your eyes
You can go for a 30-40min mild walk
You can do slight cooking
After about a month, cataract surgery recovery should be complete. After complete evaluation by your eye doctor you will be allowed to do all your favourite activities like driving, jogging, gardening and travelling.
Complications that can occur if proper precautions are not taken
Cataract surgery is a relatively safe surgery. However, there are several risks and complication can occur is adequate post- operative care is not taken.
Infection in and around the eyes
Inflammation inside the eyes
Broken lens pieces stuck inside the eye
Detachment of the retina
Extreme sensitivity to light
Swelling of the middle of the retina, also known as macular edema
Elevated pressure inside the eye that can cause glaucoma
Drooping of the eyelids also known as ptosis
Symptoms to look out for:
Once you are back home, you may experience watering, blurring of vision. Experts say it’s the eyes mechanism to cope up with the new lens.
However, there can be symptoms which you need to be watchful about. Look out for-
Pain that doesn’t come down
Feeling of nausea and vomiting
Seeing white spots in front the eyes
Glares in the eyes
Blurring of vision
Sneezing or coughing continuously
Sudden loss of vision
In case you experience any of the above symptoms, you can contact Indovision Cataract & Laser Eye Centre, 9763115500 our team will get back to you immediately. These days, cataract surgery is more like day care procedure. There is no need of hospitalization. Patient walks in for surgery & walks out post recovery period which is usually 1-2 hrs. This is a voluntary surgery which can be pre-planned as per patients’ convenience. Sometimes cataract may mature completely & cause other eye problems. Then it may need to be operated on an emergency basis.