When healing from cataract surgery, you should not face any drastic alterations in your everyday life. After a minimal amount of downtime, you will only require about three follow-up visits beyond your routine care. Our doctors provide detailed instructions in English and Spanish. We can also offer additional guidance at our West Nyack or Garnerville, NY, offices to ensure a successful cataract surgery recovery. It is important to closely adhere to the guidelines we provide. The physicians and staff at Rockland Eye Physicians & Surgeons are always available to answer any questions or concerns you may have during the recovery process.
You will need someone to drive you home from your surgery, and you will most likely still be unable to drive to and from your first follow-up visit the day after. Following your procedure, you should plan on resting for at least one day after your surgery. To prevent placing extra pressure on the eye, you should also avoid bending over, strenuous activities, and lifting heavy objects for at least two to three weeks. We also recommend avoiding swimming and hot tubs during the first couple weeks to prevent infection.
We provide most patients with a patch or protective shield after surgery. We may recommend wearing the shield during the first few days following your surgery and especially while you sleep for the first week at least. Your doctor will prescribe eyedrops to prevent infection and inflammation. In most cases, any discomfort subsides within a few days after surgery and can be easily managed with over-the-counter pain relievers.
Most patients can return to normal activities like watching TV and light computer work within a day or two. You can expect to return to work within a few days to a week, depending on your doctor’s recommendation. If you have cataracts in both eyes, we generally wait until the first eye has healed before operating on the second. This process reduces the risk of complications and makes the recovery periods easier.
What to Expect During Your Follow-Up Visits
Generally, you will return to our office the day after your cataract surgery for your first follow-up visit. Your doctor will evaluate the incisions, the protective bandage, and your eyesight. You will most likely not be able to drive to and from this appointment on your own. While you may notice immediate improvements in your eyesight, it can take a few days for your vision to begin to stabilize and for you to adjust to your new intraocular lens.
You will return for additional follow-up visits about a week after your surgery and again a month after surgery. During all your appointments, you should report any complications or concerns you have, such as pain, dry eyes, or blurry vision. These visits will allow your doctor to address your concerns and check your healing progress.
The staff at Rockland Eye Physicians & Surgeons is available to answer any questions to help ensure your recovery progresses as smoothly as possible.
The Need for Adequate Cataract Surgery Recovery
It usually takes several weeks to fully heal after cataract surgery, and during this time, it is important to follow the recovery guidelines given to you by your doctor. Failing to follow the post-operative instructions provided can lead to complications such as:
- Vision loss
To prevent these potentially severe complications, we will provide detailed guidelines about activities to avoid and how to protect your eyes. The staff at Rockland Eye Physicians & Surgeons is available to answer any questions to help ensure your recovery progresses as smoothly as possible.
Learn What to Expect
Cataract surgery is a safe and effective solution for a vast majority of patients. Our team can help you improve your vision and avoid the risk of complications. If you are ready to schedule your surgery, contact us online or call (845) 947-2240.