Cataract surgeries are fairly common and quick. After 10 minutes, you should wake up to find yourself in the recovery room. You’ll be a bit groggy from the anesthesia, but this should wear off in 30 to 60 minutes. You’re free to go home afterward.
However, you’ll need to take it easy for the next two to three days. Here’s what you should do and expect after cataract surgery.
Ask Family or a Friend to Drive You Home
Your eye will be covered with a pad or a plastic shield so you’ll be in no condition to drive yourself home. The hospital will give you a pair of sunglasses to protect your eyes from glare on your drive.
It’s Normal to Experience These Symptoms
You should be able to remove the pad or eye shield several hours after the operation, but it would depend on your surgeon’s advice. Once you do, you may experience cloudy or distorted vision. But don’t be alarmed – your eyes are still adjusting. Your vision should be back to normal within an hour or more.
It’s also normal to experience any of the following symptoms:
Red and bloodshot eyes
Bruising near the lower portion of your eye
Your optometrist will schedule a follow-up consultation with you to make sure there are no complications. But if the symptoms persist, and you experience discomfort in the following days, consult your eye doctor immediately.
Avoid Doing Any of the Following
Recovery times differ from person to person. Some experience clear vision just hours after surgery while others need a week or two. But you can speed up recovery time by using your eye drops and avoiding doing any of the following:
- Rubbing your eye
- Doing strenuous exercise or chores
- Letting soap or shampoo get in your eye
- Driving unless your doctor allows you to do so
- Traveling on a plane without asking your doctor first
Looking for an eye doctor near your area? Advanced Eyecare Consultants offers a wide range of eye care services. To schedule a consultation with one of our highly trained optometrists, call us at (847) 550-3524 or (847) 979-4601. Or, you can fill out this form. We serve patients in Gurnee and Vernon Hills, IL.