- Cataract Surgery
- After Cataract Surgery
Typical Recovery Time
Watch how fixing her cataracts and astigmatism changed Barbara's vision for the better
As long as your health is good and you don't have other major eye problems, cataract surgery recovery should be short and uneventful.
Immediately following surgery, you will need to rest in a recovery area while any anesthesia and sedatives you received start to wear off. This usually takes about 30 minutes to an hour.
Before you leave the surgery center, you'll be given a pair of sunglasses to protect your eye from bright light and glare during the car ride home.
It's a good idea to rest or take a nap for a few hours when you get home, since you'll likely feel sleepy. During this and other sleep, use the eye shield as advised by your doctor.
When you first remove the eye shield, your vision may seem cloudy, blurry or distorted. Your eyes may also look a little red or bloodshot. This will go away within a few days as your eye heals. Some minor bruising around the eye also is normal and will disappear within a few days.
Many patients report clear vision within hours after cataract surgery, but don't be discouraged if yours is not. Everyone heals differently, and it can take a few weeks for your vision to fully recover.
The day of surgery, activities like reading, walking or watching TV are okay, but avoid anything strenuous, such as heavy lifting, for at least a week. Showering or bathing also is safe, but avoid getting water in your eye or rubbing your eye.
In most cases, you'll need to see your doctor for a follow-up appointment the day after surgery to make sure there are no complications.