Cataract Surgery Recovery

Cataract surgery is an inevitable treatment for cataract.

A successful cataract surgery recovery depends on:

  • Your co-operation in observation of medications, instructions and follow up meeting schedulewith us.
  • Type of cataract surgery conducted.
  • Freedom from related infections or complications.

Complications: Generally cataract surgery is the safest outpatient procedure but sometimes complications may occur although not common.

  • Posterior capsular opacification commonly known as secondary cataract (the back of the lens capsule which is retained to hold the IOL gets cloudy obstructing vision) could be easily corrected by a painless outpatient procedure called (YAG) capsulotomy.
  • Dislocation of the lens.
  • Retinal detachment -It is possible to re-attach on early detection.
  • Muscular edema – Swelling of the macular portion of the retina.
  • Corneal oedema- Excessive fluid in the cornea.
  • Raised intraocular pressure.
  • Others – Infection, bleeding, Inflammation like Uveitis in the eye.

Post Operative Instructions

  • Let you be driven back home instead of driving yourself.
  • A pair of sunglasses as instructed is best to avoid direct sensitivity with sunlight.
  • You need to use eye shield during naps or night.
  • Rubbing or touching eyes should be avoided.
  • Any activity that is likely to cause extra pressure on the eye should be avoided like bending to pick up objects or lifting heavy object, exposure to wind or any irritants.
  • Immediate swimming or head bath to be avoided.
  • Correct usage and dosage of antibiotic eye drops as prescribed at the right time. Ensure dosage is completed as instructed.
  • Avoid entry of soap, shampoo or foreign particles like dust etc.

(Post operative instructions vary according to the type of cataract surgery and gradually reduce according to the healing time)

What do I expect after the cataract surgery?

  • You would be given an instruction handout/checklist with the details.
  • You can expect a direct telecon from our surgeon enquiring about your condition.
  • You need to be relaxed and calm during the adaptation period as the first removal of the eye shield may have a blurred vision as the internal visual adjustments will take some time. Some persons may have redness or experience floaters which is normal and will heal within days.
  • It is necessary to take precautionary steps, follow up treatment and medication to ensure a speedy healing and best visual outcome.
  • You would need to meet the operating surgeon one day after the surgery and as indicated for post operative follow up.
  • Need to report dry eye or watery eyes, Pain after several days or No vision improvement. Do contact us in case you are facing any difficulties, we would be glad to assist you.
  • You would be informed when you can take your glasses after through check up and final prescription which is normally after 6 weeks.

Above all you can expect the joy of getting back your vision gradually. You would be able to enhance your routine life style and enjoy an improved health related quality of life. Moreover depending on your choice of IOLs implanted will make you least depend on eye glasses any more.

The complete healing time after surgery is gradual and normally approximately 1-2 months. There could be slight variation in the healing time between eye to eye, person to person and type of surgery conducted etc e.g. modern small-incision cataract surgeries have reduced restriction and heal faster.

With our surgeon’s expertise and advanced technology in its very best, we assure you the best treatment and will help you to have a speedy recovery after your cataract surgery

……….a successful journey on the path of recovery to a better vision.

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