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How to Achieve a Smooth Recovery after Cataract Surgery

After cataract surgery, it is common to experience blurry or cloudy vision as well as mild discomfort. It is important to rest for the first few days and avoid putting extra pressure on your eye. With proper care, most side effects should resolve within a week, and your eye should be completely healed in one month. The team at El Paso Eye Surgeons in El Paso, TX, can provide you with detailed instructions to guide you through your cataract surgery recovery. We can recommend steps that will minimize your risk of complications and promote a speedy recovery.

Immediately After Surgery 

Though surgery often lasts no more than 15 minutes, you should expect to rest in the recovery area for about 30 minutes to one hour for monitoring. You will need to arrange for a ride home, as the effects of anesthesia as well as impaired vision will hinder your ability to drive safely. When you leave the facility, make sure to wear sunglasses with UVA/UVB filters to protect your eyes from bright light.

Common Side Effects

During the healing period, it is normal for patients to experience: 

  • Redness
  • Blurry or distorted vision
  • Itching
  • Mild discomfort

Most side effects should subside within a week.

What to Avoid During Recovery

To avoid developing an infection or injuring your eyes after surgery, you should take certain precautions. Make sure to cover your eye with a protective shield for a few days after the procedure. This can help to block irritants such as dust, dirt, bacteria, and debris. You should also avoid rubbing your eyes, and always wash your hands before touching your eyelids or under-eye area. Throughout your recovery, it is important to administer any antibiotic or anti-inflammatory eye drops as directed. 

Make sure to wear sunglasses with UVA/UVB filters to protect your eyes from bright light.

woman receiving eyedrops

Your doctor may prescribe antibiotic or anti-inflammatory eyedrops, which can minimize your risk of infection.

Warning Signs

Cataract surgery is a safe and effective way to improve eyesight. Almost 90 percent of patients experience a positive outcome, and fewer than two percent have serious sight-threatening issues. Though rare, post-surgical complications can occur. Be on the lookout for:

  • Vision loss
  • Persistent pain
  • Bright flashes or floaters
  • Excessive redness

If you experience any unusual symptoms, you should contact our staff as soon as possible to schedule an appointment. 

Improved Eye Sight

Many patients report clear vision within a few hours of their procedure. However, each patient heals at a different rate, and it may take as long as one to two weeks to see with clarity. If you have selected a high-quality lens like the Crystalens® IOL, you may also notice that colors appear more vibrant.

Follow-Up Appointments

It takes about four weeks for your eye to fully heal from cataract surgery. For a healthy recovery, you will need to schedule several follow-up appointments so that the doctor can monitor your progress. These will usually take place a day or two following your procedure and about one month later. Additional appointments may be necessary if there are any concerns or complications.  

Your Safety & Well-Being Is Our Priority

At El Paso Eye Surgeons, we are passionate about helping our patients achieve clear vision and optimal ocular health. Our team is here to guide you through each stage of your treatment, from preparation to recovery. To learn more about cataract surgery and what to expect after your procedure, contact us online or by phone at (915) 542-0279.

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