For most patients, cataract surgery recovery is quick and free of complications. You will likely be able to return to your normal activities within a few days. Many patients notice an improvement in their vision right away, though it may take a few days for you to adjust to your intraocular lenses. At our New York, NY, practice, Dr. Laurence T. D. Sperber can provide outstanding care and help you experience a successful recovery.
The Importance of Patient Compliance
The best way to ensure a successful and comfortable recovery is to closely follow the guidelines provided by Dr. Sperber. These instructions will be specific to your unique case and will explain how to properly care for your eyes after your cataract surgery. Failing to follow these guidelines could result in infection or other post-operative complications.
Cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure. However, it is performed under anesthesia, which affects your motor skills and cognitive ability. Therefore, patients must arrange for a trusted friend or family member to drive them to and from their appointment.
What to Expect after Your Surgery
Immediately after your cataract surgery, you may have a protective shield or eye patch placed over your eye to prevent unintentional contact or rubbing. You will also be given a pair of dark sunglasses to wear on the way home. If a protective shield was placed, you can remove it once you arrive home. However, you will need to wear it while you are sleeping for the first few days. When you remove the shield, colors may seem brighter and crisper because you are looking through a new, clear lens.
Most patients experience temporary side effects after cataract surgery. These may include:
- Cloudy, blurry, or distorted vision
- Red, bloodshot eyes
- Bruising around the eyes
- Dry, itchy, or irritated eyes
These symptoms are normal and are not a cause for concern. In fact, in most instances, they diminish within the first few days.
Generally, patients can return to work and other normal daily activities after about one week.
What Are My Limitations?
Routine activities, such as watching television or reading, can be resumed within a few hours. When you arrive home, it is a good idea to take a nap and rest your eyes. It is also important to avoid bending over or engaging in strenuous exercise. Dr. Sperber may provide prescription eye drops to help reduce inflammation and prevent infection. Specific instructions about how to use the eye drops will be discussed with you before going home.
When Can I Return to Work?
Generally, patients can return to work and other normal daily activities after about one week. However, it is important to continue protecting your eyes. You should wear dark sunglasses with complete UV protection when you are outdoors. Additionally, avoid pools and hot tubs until cleared by Dr. Sperber, as contaminants could cause infection or other post-operative complications to occur.
Glare, halos, and other visual distortions may be present for a few weeks after cataract surgery. These are relatively common side effects and typically fade over time. You may also experience heightened sensitivity to touch, light, and wind.
You may experience slight discomfort during the healing process. However, if you notice that tenderness or soreness is increasing, contact Dr. Sperber right away to schedule a follow-up visit.
Contact Our Practice for More Information
If you are about to undergo cataract surgery, it is important to know what to expect during recovery. To learn more, schedule a consultation with Dr. Sperber. Contact us online or give us a call at (212) 753-8300.