What To Expect After Cataract Surgery

Cataract Surgery can be intimidating, not only the surgery itself but what comes after.

Dec 14, 2016

Cataract Surgery can be intimidating, not only the surgery itself but what comes after. After surgery, The eye that was operated on may be bandaged for 1 night after surgery. You will wear a protective shield over the eye at night for about a week. There is normally no significant pain after surgery.but you will most likely will need to follow up within 24 to 48 hours with your eye doctor and again within a few weeks after surgery. If any complications occur, visits should be sooner and more frequent.

These checkups following cataract surgery will include typically include Ophthalmoscopy, to checkout the inside of the eye, then measurement of visual acuity and eye pressure, along with a slit lamp exam, to check for lens clarity.
Most people get a new eyeglass prescription about 6 weeks after surgery. These measurements and precautions are taken because there can complications following cataract surgery, such as decreasing vision, increasing pain and redness, swelling around the eye, discharge, an increase or develpment of floaters, flashes of light, or changes in your field of vision. If any of these occur contact your doctor immediately.

For those who have misgivings about surgery, there are several reasons why you should consider having cataract surgery such as:

•Whether your work or lifestyle is affected by vision problems caused by the cataract.
•Glare caused by bright lights has become a problem.
•You cannot pass a vision test required for a driver's license.
•You have double vision.
•You notice a big difference in vision when you compare one eye to the other.
•You have another vision-threatening eye disease, such as diabetic retinopathy or macular degeneration.

Another concern is how well cataract surgery Works. Cataract surgery is successful for 85 to 92 out of 100 adults. Surgery may also improve vision in infants who have cataracts.

People who have surgery for cataracts usually have Improved vision, Increased mobility and independence, and relief from the fear of going blind.

There are risks of course with cataract surgery as there are with any type of surgery and although the risk is low, surgery for cataracts does involve the risk of partial to total vision loss if the surgery is not successful or if there are complications. Some complications can be treated and vision loss reversed, but others cannot. Complications that may occur with cataract surgery include:
•Infection in the eye
•Swelling and fluid in the center of the nerve layer
•Swelling of the clear covering of the eye
•Bleeding in the front of the eye
•Retinal detachment

Some of these risks can be lessened by talking with your doctor and making sure he knows all of the medicines you are taking. That way, your doctor can be prepared to handle any problems that arise. For example, alpha-blockers (such as tamsulosin or terazosin) and blood thinners (such as aspirin or warfarin) can cause problems during the surgery.

People usually need glasses after cataract surgery, no matter which type of surgery is done. But the need for glasses and the type of glasses you need will depend on the type of intraocular lens implant, or IOL, that you choose. Talk to your doctor about the pros and cons of each type of implant.

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