Cataract surgery is one of the most common and safest surgical procedures in the United States. It is a relatively quick procedure with a fast recovery time. However, it is important to take the necessary precautions to ensure a successful recovery. Before undergoing cataract surgery, it is important to understand the three types of cataracts and the potential side effects.
These side effects usually improve within a few days, but it may take 4 to 6 weeks for a full recovery. Most patients will feel normal again 24 hours after surgery, although sensitivity to light may persist for a few more days. It is important to plan for the recovery period and be aware of the signs of cataract surgery complications. To reduce the risk of infection, it is recommended to avoid swimming or using a hot tub during the first week of recovery.
Additionally, patients should avoid strenuous physical activity and heavy lifting for at least one week after cataract surgery. Your doctor may also recommend that you wear an eye protector, eye patch, or eye bandage after cataract surgery. If you need cataract surgery in both eyes, the surgeon will usually wait at least a few days or two weeks for the first eye to recover before performing a procedure on the second eye. To recover from cataract surgery as quickly as possible, it is important to follow your surgeon's advice.
You may be surprised at how good you feel and how easy it is to resume normal activities even the day after cataract surgery. If you are considering cataract surgery for yourself or a loved one, contact Heart of Texas Eye Care for a free consultation. Our experienced team of eye surgeons can provide you with more information about the procedure and decide if you are a candidate for drip-free cataract surgery.