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What to Expect during Cataract Surgery Recovery

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Cataract surgery is one of the safest and most common surgical procedures performed in the United States. Most patients who undergo cataract surgery are back to their normal daily routines within a few days. Advanced technology and surgical techniques have significantly reduced the amount of time that cataract surgery recovery requires. The doctors at our Toronto-area offices make patient comfort and safety a primary concern, and we use advanced techniques to ensure your cataract surgery recovery is short and free of complications. If you have been considering cataract surgery and have questions about any step in the process, please contact our office to schedule a consultation with one of our vision specialists.

Cataract Surgery with Phacoemulsification

Before surgery, you will receive anesthetic eye drops to ensure your comfort. A speculum will be used to gently hold your eyelids open during the procedure. Your surgeon will make a very small (3 mm) incision in the cornea, the dome-shaped front surface of the eye. Your surgeon will insert a phacoemulsification hand piece that works to break apart the clouded crystalline lens with ultrasonic vibrations. The same device will suction the pieces out. When all of the fragments of the clouded lens have been successfully cleared from the eye, your doctor will replace the lens with an intraocular lens (IOL). These lenses are manufactured from acrylic or silicone, and come in different powers and corrective capabilities to restore normal vision.

Immediately Following Your Procedure

Your vision may be blurry as your eye heals and you begin to adjust to your IOL. It is completely normal to experience itching and mild discomfort for the first couple of days following cataract surgery. It is very important not to rub or place any pressure on your eye. Your doctor may ask you to wear a protective shield immediately following your procedure, and at night during the recovery period to avoid any accidental bumping while you sleep. Following your doctor’s instructions as closely as possible is one of the surest ways to achieve a successful cataract surgery recovery.

Cataract Surgery Recovery Period

During the approximately six weeks following your cataract surgery, you will use a series of eye drops designed to reduce inflammation, control intraocular pressure, and aid healing. Wearing sunglasses may help because the eyes can be especially sensitive to light and glare following the procedure. Keeping the area around the eyes clean and not wearing makeup will help to reduce the amount of time it takes to completely heal. Your surgeon will want to see you for follow-up appointments to ensure that your eye is healing normally and that there are no complications. Cataract surgery offers a drastic vision improvement, but many patients still need to wear glasses or contact lenses following treatment. 

Schedule a Consultation

If you would like to learn more about cataract surgery recovery, or if you would like to schedule a consultation, please contact our office to make an appointment with one of our experienced doctors.