Cataract surgery is a common outpatient procedure that involves removing the lens from the eye and replacing it with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL). This procedure is precise and tailored to each individual's unique eyes, and is a great way to protect and preserve your vision. Most people experience improved vision within 1 to 3 days after surgery, but it may take up to 10 weeks to get the full benefits of the procedure. It's normal for vision to be blurred for a few days after cataract surgery, as the eye heals and adapts.
Generally, it takes about 8 weeks for full healing. However, some people may have clear vision within a day after cataract surgery. About 64 percent of patients experience mild eye dryness after cataract surgery. Your eye doctor will likely recommend cataract surgery if vision loss is affecting your daily life.
The cost of cataract surgery depends on insurance, location, the type of artificial lens you select, and other factors. Although cataract surgery is generally safe, there is a risk of complications. The lens that the surgeon implants during cataract surgery is durable and will last a lifetime. Cataracts don't grow back in artificial lenses, but something called a “secondary cataract” may develop approximately 4 to 6 months after surgery.
Blurred vision after cataract surgery is usually caused by corneal swelling or edema. You should expect your eyes to have stabilized 2 to 4 months after surgery. At this time, you'll probably have another eye doctor appointment. About 90 percent of patients report having better vision after undergoing cataract surgery, and many are amazed by the results. If you experience sudden changes in vision after cataract surgery, seek immediate medical attention. It's important to follow your doctor's instructions for post-surgery care and follow-up visits.