How long does it take for my vision to stabilize after cataract surgery?
The consensus seems to be that it takes 1-3 months. So you should expect your eyes to have stabilized 2-4 months after the surgery. You’ll probably have another Ophthalmologist appointment around that time. That’s when you should be ready to have your eyes tested and be given a new glasses prescription if needed.
Does vision go back to normal after cataract surgery?
Cataract surgery successfully restores vision in the majority of people who have the procedure. People who’ve had cataract surgery may develop a secondary cataract. The medical term for this common complication is known as posterior capsule opacification ( PCO ).
What happens if you don’t use eye drops after cataract surgery?
If someone didn’t use their eye drops the best-case scenario would be that their eyes would take longer to heal, and may develop some scarring tissue. The worst-case scenario would be an infection – one that could end in loss of eyesight if not caught quickly.
What is the fastest way to recover from cataract surgery?
How to get the best cataract surgery recovery?
- Don’t drive on the first day following surgery.
- Don’t do any heavy lifting or strenuous activity for a few weeks.
- Immediately after the procedure, avoid bending over to prevent putting extra pressure on your eye.
Does cataract surgery restore 20/20 Vision?
Vision Quality After Surgery
Most patients can achieve 20/20 vision as long as they have no other conditions. Conditions that can affect the quality of vision after cataract surgery include: Glaucoma. Corneal scarring.
What is the most common complication of cataract surgery?
A long-term consequence of cataract surgery is posterior capsular opacification (PCO). PCO is the most common complication of cataract surgery. PCO can begin to form at any point following cataract surgery.
Why is my vision not clear after cataract surgery?
If you’ve had cataract surgery and your vision is still blurry or hazy, you may have a common condition called posterior capsule opacification (PCO). PCO, also sometimes called a “secondary cataract”, occurs when the capsule that holds the IOL in place gets obstructed by epithelial cells from the lens.
Why does my eye keep watering after cataract surgery?
Small dry spots form, and these exposed areas of the eye surface become slightly irritated. This may cause a reflex watering to occur. These watery, runny tears rinse the eye surface, but do not lubricate it.
Why does my eye feel like something is in it after cataract surgery?
Many people complain that they feel like there is sand in the eye or that the eye feels scratchy after surgery. This is a normal sensation caused by the small incision in your eye, and it should heal within a week or so. If you have dry eye, the discomfort may last longer—up to three months.
How long do you use steroid drops after cataract surgery?
Most patients should use the drops for at least one month. If you run out after 2 or 3 weeks, it is best to refill them. If after one month you still have eye drop medication left, you may continue to use it until it is completely gone.
How long after cataract surgery can you sleep on that side?
Cataract surgery should not affect how you sleep, aside from wearing the protective eye shield to avoid rubbing the eye. Rubbing your eye or even water splashing in your eye can aggravate the chances of infection. You may also want to avoid sleeping on the side of the operated eye for the first 24 hours.
What should I watch after cataract surgery?
Symptoms to watch for after cataract surgery
- Vision loss.
- Pain that persists despite the use of over-the-counter pain medications.
- Light flashes or multiple spots (floaters) in front of your eye.
- Nausea, vomiting or excessive coughing.
What happens if you accidentally rub your eye after cataract surgery?
Rubbing your eye can lead to bacteria or an infection, and the pressure is also bad for the healing incision. Your eye may itch sometimes, but rubbing it will only make things worse— you must resist the urge! Keeping your eye as clean and clear of contact as possible will lead to faster healing.