Cataract surgery can be completed in as little as ten minutes. After waking up in the recovery room and waiting for 30 to 60 minutes, you should be free to go home.
While cataract surgery recovery shouldn’t be too strenuous, eye care specialists recommend taking it easy for the next two to three days. Today, Vision Care Plus discusses the recovery process.
Don’t Attempt to Drive Yourself Home
The affected eye will be covered with a plastic shield after the operation, making driving difficult. Arrange to have someone transport you home after the procedure. Bring a pair of sunglasses to wear on your way home.
Symptoms to Expect
Depending on your surgeon’s advice, you should be able to remove the plastic shield a few hours after the operation. However, your vision will likely be cloudy or distorted. No need to be alarmed; this is normal. The haziness should subside after an hour or so.
Apart from hazy vision, you might experience the following symptoms:
Some bruises near the lower portion of your eye
These symptoms should subside after a few days. Your doctor should schedule a follow-up consultation to make sure there aren’t any complications. If these symptoms persist or worsen after a few days, see your doctor for an eye examination.
Avoid These Activities for Now
There’s no set recovery time. Some patients recover their vision after a few hours in surgery, while some need a week or two. To help the healing process, avoid the following activities for now:
Rubbing your eye
Using shampoo or soap (some might get in your eye)
Driving, unless your doctor gives you the go-ahead
Traveling on a plane without consulting your doctor
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