Cataract surgery is one of the most common eye procedures. It is also safe and effective. If you are getting ready to undergo this surgery, then you may have several questions. Below are some answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we get in the clinic:
Will I Need To Have My Glasses Changed?
Your prescription will change after you get cataract surgery. Most people will need to use reading glasses. If you are required to get a distance prescription, then you will have to wait a few weeks for an exam. This will allow your eyes to stabilize so that the optometrist can write a new prescription for you.
You may continue wearing your old glasses for reading and distance. However, you may not require any correction for distance after your cataract surgery. Since surgery is done in one eye at a time, it’s ok if your vision is blurry in the eye that you had surgery on, it will not hurt to wear glasses. The glasses may help you see clearer. Talk to your eye doctor if you plan to drive within the next few days after surgery.
How Long Will It Take For Me To Recover And See Normally?
Just like every other surgery, eye surgery has a recovery period. However, people are usually able to recover quickly after cataract surgery. Every patient is different, but most patients notice a difference within one day of their surgery. The vision improves every day, and patients typically notice a vast improvement within five to seven days.
Your vision may still be blurry while you are reading or near a computer. You can continue to use your old glasses for reading until your vision is stable enough for a new prescription. This usually takes two weeks, but every patient is different. Your vision in the other eye may seem blurrier, but this is normal. It will improve with time.
You will be given eye drops after your surgery. Make sure that you use these eye drops as directed. This will increase your chances of healing properly.
Will Cataract Surgery Hurt?
Many patients will experience mild to moderate irritation after cataract surgery. This may last for a few days. You may feel like a grain of sand is in your eye. The feeling will gradually dissipate. The medicated drops will also help comfort your eye. You can also reduce irritation by using artificial tears. Additionally, if you had cataract surgery on both of your eyes, then one eye may heal more quickly than the other.
If you want to learn more about cataract surgery contact us to schedule an appointment.