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What happens after cataract surgery?

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For a few days after surgery, your eye may itch or feel sore. During this time, you may also have some tearing and find it hard to see well in bright light.

Your doctor will give you eyedrops to prevent infection. You'll need to take it easy for a few days. Driving will be off-limits, and you shouldn't bend over, pick up heavy things, or put any pressure on your eye.

For the first week, your doctor will likely suggest you wear an eye shield while you sleep. This protects the site of your surgery so your eye can heal. If you're in pain or you feel your eye isn't healing like it should, tell your doctor right away.

After 8 weeks, your eye should be fully healed. About 90% of people see better after cataract surgery, but don't expect your vision to be perfect. You may still need to wear glasses or contacts.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Ophthalmology: "When Is the Right Time to Have Cataract Surgery?" "Cataract Surgery," "What Is Macular Degeneration?" "How Soon Can YAG Be Done After Cataract Surgery?"

Mayo Clinic: "Cataract Surgery: What You Can Expect."

Digital Journal of Ophthalmology: "The Risks and Benefits of Cataract Surgery."

American Foundation for the Blind/VisionAware: "Our Readers Want To Know: When Should I Have Cataract Surgery?" "What are the Risks of Cataract Surgery?"

National Eye Institute: "Facts About Cataract."

American Optometric Association: "Cataract Surgery."

Vision Australia: "Cataracts."

British Medical Journal: "Cataracts: Should I Have Surgery?"

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

Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky on September 6, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Ophthalmology: "When Is the Right Time to Have Cataract Surgery?" "Cataract Surgery," "What Is Macular Degeneration?" "How Soon Can YAG Be Done After Cataract Surgery?"

Mayo Clinic: "Cataract Surgery: What You Can Expect."

Digital Journal of Ophthalmology: "The Risks and Benefits of Cataract Surgery."

American Foundation for the Blind/VisionAware: "Our Readers Want To Know: When Should I Have Cataract Surgery?" "What are the Risks of Cataract Surgery?"

National Eye Institute: "Facts About Cataract."

American Optometric Association: "Cataract Surgery."

Vision Australia: "Cataracts."

British Medical Journal: "Cataracts: Should I Have Surgery?"

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

Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky on September 6, 2019

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