Cataract Surgery Recovery

Recovery from cataract surgery can vary depending on the patient and whether one or both eyes are treated. Cataract surgery generally has few restrictions following the procedure, and at Copper Eye Surgery all follow-up appointments are included in the singular cost.

The most common type of cataract surgery is phacoemulsification , and this approach allows for monofocal, multifocal, or toric lenses to be implanted.  Copper Eye Surgery offers a “dropless” surgical option, which is the best approach for some patients and involves post-operative medication delivered directly to the eye during surgery that reduces or eliminates the need for patients to apply eye drops in the days and weeks following their surgery.

How Long Does Recovery Take?

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.

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How Long Does Recovery Take?

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.

Preparing for Your Cataract Surgery

Patients will need someone to take them to and from their cataract surgery. Sedation and bandaged eyes will make it impossible for patients to drive immediately after their surgery. It’s generally fine to partake in light housework and daily tasks after surgery, but avoid bending and heavy lifting for seven days after your surgery.

It’s a good idea to prepare meals in advance for up to two weeks post-surgery. Fatigue is common immediately after cataract surgery, and regular cooks might find they’re too lethargic for a day or two after their procedure to cook as they like. Cooking ahead of time, buying pre-cooked meals, or arranging food delivery after surgery will allow plenty of rest.

A New, Clear Normal

Avid swimmers will be antsy to get back into the water, but avoid swimming for two weeks after your surgery. Pools can be especially dangerous as they can harbor bacteria distinctly dangerous to the eye, and a healing eye needs as much protection as possible immediately after cataract surgery.

Finally, make sure to follow Dr. Brierly’s instructions carefully. Exact instructions will be personalized for you and your needs, but the above recommendations are some foundational best practices that apply to most patients.

Many patients are amazed at how quick and efficient cataract surgery is—both the procedure itself and the recovery. Clearer vision and a more fulfilling life don’t need to be complicated, especially when you work with Copper Eye Surgery and their transparent cash-pay pricing. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Brierly or for more information.

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