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Cataract surgery is one of the most common surgeries in the United States. Many times, the actual procedure takes less than half an hour to complete! However, we often see patients slow down their recovery by failing to properly plan for the days following their procedure.
After the surgery, you will rest in the recovery area for around an hour. It’s important to arrange for someone to drive you home for your recovery to begin. Driving yourself is a very bad idea since your vision can appear cloudy or blurry because your eyes must adjust to the removal of the cataracts that were plaguing you. Your eyes will need time to adapt to the clearer lens. Typical full recovery for cataract surgery is around one month, but by being proactive during your recovery, you can ensure the process is smooth and that any complications are limited.
First and foremost, it is important to pay attention to the directions Dr. Matzkin gives you, such as how to use special eyedrops designed to prevent infections. You will also need to wear an eye shield (or eyeglasses) to help protect your eyes. Avoid rubbing or pressing on your eye so that no damage is done to the area while it is recovering. When you are home, try not to bend from the waist to pick up objects on the floor and do not lift any heavy objects. This ensures you don’t strain your eye muscles. You can walk, climb stairs, and do light household chores, but use this as a time to take it a bit easier than normal. In most cases, healing will be fully complete within eight weeks. We will schedule a follow-up exam to check on your progress.
If you have any questions following your cataract surgery, or if you are wondering if cataract surgery may be a solution for you, please contact us at Allied Eye at (423) 855-8522.