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Cataract Surgery: What to Expect

cataractIf you’re having trouble seeing when you drive, reading or watching television, you may have cataracts. This is a condition where you experience blurry vision and increased glare from lights. It can make it extremely difficult for you to carry out your daily activities. When this is the case, your doctor may recommend cataract surgery, an outpatient procedure that effectively treats the cloudiness in your eye by removing your eye lens and replacing it with an artificial one. Cataract surgery has come a long way over the years, and the results are excellent. Here is more information about preparing for – and recovering from – cataract surgery.

Arrange for a Ride Home
You will not be able to drive yourself home after cataract surgery, so arrange ahead of time for someone to drive you. It’s also a good idea to have that person stay with you for the first 24 hours as you recover. In general, the typical time to return to normal activities is about 48 hours.

Take Medication as Directed
Your eye doctor will likely give you medicated eye drops to apply the night before your surgery. After your surgery, you may be instructed to use prescription eye drops or take oral medication to reduce inflammation and prevent infection. Use all medication on time and as directed to help you recover safely and in good time.

Dress Comfortably
Wear loose-fitting clothing and arrive cosmetic-free prior to your surgery. This will ensure that the procedure is done without complications and infection, and you’ll be comfortable for your drive home and recovery period.

Know the Warning Signs
As with any surgery, there is always a risk of developing a complication. Contact your doctor if you experience any of the following:

  • Pain that over-the-counter medication does not alleviate
  • Loss of vision
  • Eye redness
  • Seeing spots or light flashes
  • Nausea or vomiting

Most patients undergo cataract surgery without complications.

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