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.
There are different IOL options that can improve vision problems in addition to addressing cataracts. We offer, monofocal, toric, and multifocal artificial lenses. Your vision is very important, and it can seem difficult to choose the right artificial lens. We have developed a lifestyle questionnaire to help patients determine which type of IOL may work best for them.
With a safe, proven procedure we can help you better see the faces of the people you love and enjoy the world around you once more.
Advantages of Cataract Surgery
Cataract surgery can eliminate any blurred vision you may have been experiencing due to the cataract. As an added bonus, you can select an IOL to help improve your overall vision as well. This can reduce your dependence on glasses or contacts. With a safe, proven procedure we can help you better see the faces of the people you love and enjoy the world around you once more.
Is Cataract Surgery Right for You?
If you are experiencing clouded or blurry vision, you may have a cataract. Contact our ophthalmology office online or call (845) 947-2240 to schedule an appointment so we can conduct a thorough examination.