Every year, about three million Americans undergo cataract surgery. The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery also estimates success rates of cataract surgery up to 98 percent.
Although there are extraordinarily high success rates and the actual surgery duration is only about one hour, many people still feel apprehensive about committing to cataract surgery. One way to feel more confident and prepared for surgery is by understanding the postoperative process.
To learn more about what you should expect after cataract surgery from an eye doctor in Tampa, read on.
One of the most common symptoms you may experience after cataract surgery is mild itching or discomfort of the eye. Be sure to avoid itching, rubbing, or pressing on your eye during this time.
While this is a common after effect, it is minimal and doesn’t typically last for more than a few days. Many doctors may recommend that you wear an eye patch on the day of surgery and a couple days after, or prescribe eye drops to reduce inflammation.
During cataract surgery, your eye’s clouded lens is removed and replaced with an artificial clear lens. Due to your eye adjusting to their new lens and healing, one common postoperative effect that you may experience is blurred vision.
While this may be minimal, it is recommended to have assistance in driving, working, and conducting other daily tasks. Typically, blurry vision will subside after a few days, and complete healing occurs after about eight weeks.
Another mild after effect of cataract surgery is eye sensitivity. Typically, cataracts can change the way your eye processes light and color. With its foggy, yellow tint your vision may be dull before surgery.
After surgery, it may take a few days to adjust to the brighter lights and more vivid colors that come with a new clear lens. Be sure to wear protective eyewear when in the sun or under bright lights. Like the others, this symptom will usually subside after a few days.
These mild postoperative symptoms are a small price to pay for clearer vision. Cataract treatment is also one of the most safe and successful surgeries in eye care, helping to improve your quality of life.
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