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What happens after surgery for cataracts?

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For most people, recovery goes smoothly. How long it takes depends on which type of surgery you get. But in general, you'll notice your vision gets much better a few days afterward. After about a week or two, you can go back to doing all the things you enjoy. As with any surgery, though, there are risks. Ask your doctor to explain them to you before you get an operation.

SOURCES:

Stanford Health Care: "Cataract Symptoms."

Mayo Clinic: "Cataracts."

American Optometric Association: "Cataract."

National Eye Institute: "Facts About Cataract."

NYU Langone Health: "Surgery for Cataract in Adults."

Cleveland Clinic: "Cataracts and Lens Implantation in Cataract Surgery: Management and Treatment."

UpToDate: "Cataract in adults."

American Academy of Ophthalmology: "What Is Astigmatism?" "Astigmatism Symptoms," "Cataract Surgery," Cataract Diagnosis and Treatment," "Traditional Cataract Surgery vs. Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery," "Retinal Detachment: What Is a Torn or Detached Retina?"

Royal National Institute of Blind People: "Posterior capsule opacification -- why laser treatment is sometimes needed following cataract surgery."

Reviewed by Brian S. Boxer Wachler on April 19, 2018

SOURCES:

Stanford Health Care: "Cataract Symptoms."

Mayo Clinic: "Cataracts."

American Optometric Association: "Cataract."

National Eye Institute: "Facts About Cataract."

NYU Langone Health: "Surgery for Cataract in Adults."

Cleveland Clinic: "Cataracts and Lens Implantation in Cataract Surgery: Management and Treatment."

UpToDate: "Cataract in adults."

American Academy of Ophthalmology: "What Is Astigmatism?" "Astigmatism Symptoms," "Cataract Surgery," Cataract Diagnosis and Treatment," "Traditional Cataract Surgery vs. Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery," "Retinal Detachment: What Is a Torn or Detached Retina?"

Royal National Institute of Blind People: "Posterior capsule opacification -- why laser treatment is sometimes needed following cataract surgery."

Reviewed by Brian S. Boxer Wachler on April 19, 2018

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