The Road to Clear Vision: Cataract Surgery Recovery

June 16, 2016 — by Dr. Gregory Stainer
Tags: Cataract Surgery Eye Care

A woman playing with her granddaughter, her eyes functioning perfectly after cataract surgery recoveryAt Southwest Eyecare & Laser, we offer state-of-the-art cataract surgery that gives patients with cataracts the opportunity to see clearly once again. With advances in intraocular lens (IOL) technology, many patients emerge from surgery with better unaided vision at all distances than they have had in decades. Modern cataract surgery is extremely safe and precise, not to mention highly predictable in its results. Patients can look forward to a shorter, more comfortable recovery time than ever before possible.

Nevertheless, cataract surgery is still a major surgical procedure and does involve a recovery period, during which patients must be careful to follow the post-surgical instructions provided to them diligently in order to ensure their safety and the best possible results. Dr. Gregory A. Stainer carefully explains the cataract surgery recovery process in detail during consultations at his Bakersfield, CA eye care center so that patients know precisely what to expect prior to surgery. 

Are you curious to learn more about the cataract surgery recovery process? Schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Stainer at Southwest Eyecare & Laser today.

What Is the Recovery Process after Cataract Surgery Like?

Cataract surgery is generally an outpatient surgery, meaning that you will almost certainly be able to return home on the day of your procedure. However, you will have to arrange to have someone drive you to and from your appointment as you will be unable to drive yourself. When you arrive home, you should simply relax. Use your eyes as little as possible on the day of surgery; TV watching and reading are off limits. Listen to some music, catch up on napping, or simply lounge around the house and take it easy. The day after surgery you will still have to relax and avoid strenuous activities; however, you may use your eyes in any way you like.

On the day after your surgery, you will begin using the eye drops prescribed by Dr. Stainer. You will use several different types of eye drops for varying lengths of time. Dr. Stainer will advise you when you can stop using each type of eye drops. It is very important to your recovery that you use these eye drops exactly as recommended.

You may feel some discomfort after surgery. This can usually be controlled with an over-the-counter pain reliever. You may also experience some itching in your eye, blurred vision, discomfort when exposed to bright light, and a feeling of grittiness in your eye; however, these symptoms generally subside within days.

Over the next few months, your vision will adjust to your new intraocular lens (IOL) implant. If you are fitted with a premium, multifocal IOL, you may find yourself able to see more crisply and clearly than you have in years, if not decades, possibly even without the need for glasses or contact lenses. Be sure to attend all follow-up appointments and inform Dr. Stainer of any possible complications as soon as possible.

Learn More about Cataract Surgery Recovery

To learn more about cataract surgery recovery, please contact Southwest Eyecare & Laser today.

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