Although the exact time can vary, cataract surgery recovery periods are relatively short. Patients can expect some minor soreness immediately after the eye surgery that subsides quickly. A complete recovery can take up to six weeks, but during this time patients can return to virtually every aspect of their daily living. However, for those who don’t get dropless cataract surgery, it is critical to remember to use the medicated drops exactly as prescribed in order to ensure proper healing and minimize risks of infection.
Recovery from cataract surgery can be so fast that it makes it a perfect “destination procedure.” For most patients, it is safe and easy to travel home relatively quickly after surgery – even for patients who live across the country or in another part of the world. Cataract recovery is typically fast and uneventful, with low risk compared to many surgical procedures.