Recovery From Cataract Surgery
For a successful cataract surgery recovery, it is important to follow your physician’s instructions as closely as possible. Your recovery from cataract surgery starts in our recovery room, where Oregon Eye Specialists staff will help you prepare to go home. At this time, they will give you post-cataract surgery instructions and review them with you and any family members or friends helping with your care.
Your Post-Cataract Surgery Care
Your post-cataract surgery appointments are also very important to your recovery. You will have an appointment to see your doctor the next day to make sure your healing is proceeding normally. After that, you will probably return for a visit in about 1-3 weeks, depending on your individual circumstances. If another eye doctor referred you to Oregon Eye Specialists for cataract surgery, he or she will take care of you after surgery. Your referring doctor can consult with your Oregon Eye Specialists cataract surgeon as needed. If you have questions or concerns, you can ask either your surgeon or your referring doctor any time in the first 90 days after surgery.
The eye that had cataract surgery will have a shield over it. Wear this exactly as directed. Your doctor will tell you when it is safe to return to normal activities, including work, exercise, child care and outdoor activities.
Using Eye Drops after Cataract Surgery
Your doctor will prescribe eye drops to use after cataract surgery. These are intended to prevent infection and inflammation, so they are very important for your healing. Your post-cataract surgery instructions will tell you what drops to use and how often. Be sure to follow the directions exactly, and don’t hesitate to call your doctor’s office with any questions.
Print an information sheet on using eye drops correctly.
Your Vision after Cataract Surgery
Your vision will usually take a few days to a few weeks to stabilize after cataract surgery. If you wear prescription glasses, your doctor will probably wait 1 to 4 weeks, sometimes longer, to write a new prescription. In the meantime, your old glasses can be used, although you may notice your vision is not ideal.
Every Oregon Eye Specialists clinic has a Sight Shop, so your doctor can work directly with the optician who creates your new glasses. This helps ensure you get the precise correction you need. Some patients do not need glasses after surgery, but most patients require glasses in the form of progressive lenses or bifocals, reading or distance glasses. Some patients may need to wear contacts, and others may not need glasses. Each patient’s needs will be determined in the post-operative period.
If you have not already had cataract surgery, you should know that intraocular lenses (IOLs) are available to correct astigmatism and reduce your need to wear glasses for reading or distance vision. These lenses are sometimes called premium IOLs. While insurance only covers standard IOLs, many people choose premium IOLs for their convenience, especially if they are active and want to reduce the need for glasses after surgery. If you are interested, our office can tell you more about premium IOL options, including cost. We also offer Care Credit financing.
Are you an Oregon Eye Specialists patient with questions about cataract surgery recovery? Call your doctor’s office directly or call our main number at 503-935-5580.
Read more on Tim Denman, M.D.