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How Long Is Recovery After Cataract Surgery?

1With an extremely high success rate, cataract surgery is one of the most commonly performed procedures at Virginia Eye Consultants. The surgery can effectively correct the cloudy, blurry vision that plagues so many people with cataracts. By replacing the natural lens affected by the cataract with an artificial lens (called an intraocular lens implant or IOL), you can regain clear vision for years to come. Following the procedure, patients typically experience minimal discomfort and can return to their normal activities with little downtime.

Immediately after cataract surgery, it is not uncommon to have blurry vision as your eye becomes accustomed to the new lens. However, within about an hour, you should notice your vision dramatically improve. Other common postoperative symptoms can include bloodshot eyes, light sensitivity, scratchiness, or dry eyes, though these mild side effects should dissipate over the course of a few days. If you have light discomfort, this can typically be controlled with an over-the-counter pain medication.

To aid in your recovery, eye drops will be prescribed to help prevent infection and address inflammation for several weeks. No patches or stitches are used during cataract surgery except for limited cases, allowing you to return to your normal activities sooner.

Most of our patients are able to return to work as soon as a day later, though strenuous exercise, swimming, or activities that may risk exposure to airborne irritants are not recommended right away. After about two weeks, you should be mostly healed and able to fully enjoy your clear vision.

For more information about the recovery process for cataract surgery, or to schedule an appointment at our practice, please contact us today.

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