What It’s Like After Cataract Surgery

Although the early symptoms of cataract may be remedied by employing brighter lighting conditions and using anti-glare sunglasses or magnifying lenses, surgical treatment of cataract becomes necessary when the condition starts to interfere with your daily activities such as reading, driving, and using digital devices.

Here at our Fairbanks cataract treatment practice, one of the most common concerns of patients who are about to undergo surgical treatment is what it would be like following the procedure. Will there be obvious changes in how they look and feel? Are there certain activity restrictions?  Read on below to figure out!

Immediately After Cataract Surgery

By and large, you will feel groggy from the effects of anesthesia but this will wear off easily as the hours go by. Detailed instructions for home care will be provided including prescription medications, schedule of follow-up visits to your eye doctor, and activity restrictions. Make sure that someone will drive you home after surgery as you will not be allowed to drive for 24 to 48 hours following surgery.

Eye Care After Cataract Surgery

  • You will most likely instructed to wear an eye shield for at least a week following surgery. Eye drops may have to be used to reduce your risk of post-surgery complications.
  • Do not put pressure or rub your eyes following surgery. Slight grittiness, stinging, or a burning sensation is quite normal after the procedure.
  • You may take a bath or showers but it is best to keep your eyes close while doing so. Avoid swimming or using the hot tub to reduce your risk of infection.
  • Avoid heavy lifting or any strenuous activity after for the first week or two following cataract surgery.
  • By and large, you can spend shorter hours watching television and using computers/digital devices a few hours after the procedure.

Glare or halos are also normal within the first week of surgery and they will most likely diminish as the days go by. On your sixth month following surgery, your vision will most likely be restored to its optimal function.

Your Personalized Cataract Surgery Plan at the Mountain View Medical Center

Allow us to help you come up with an individualized cataract surgery plan! Get in touch with us today by calling (907) 328-2920 or by filling out this contact form. We look forward to helping you improve your vision and consequently make your life better!


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