Cataract surgery is a safe and effective way to restore clear, sharp vision if you’ve developed cataracts. One of the most common questions Dr. Kirk hears from patients during a consultation involves the recovery process. Fortunately, recovery after cataract surgery is fairly straightforward, and you’ll be able to resume most normal activities shortly after your procedure.
Dr. Kirk will monitor you for a short period of time immediately following surgery until he feels you are ready to go home. Please make sure you arrange for someone to drive you home since you’ll be unable to operate a vehicle on the day of your procedure.
You should experience a significant improvement in the quality of your vision several days after your cataract surgery, and most patients can begin driving at this time. However, it may take as long as one month before your final vision results are achieved.
In order to ensure proper healing and protect your eyes while you recover, Dr. Kirk recommends taking the following precautions during the first few weeks of your recovery:
- Administer eye drops as directed
- Avoid exposing your eyes to wind, dust or anything else that may cause irritation
- Wear sunglasses whenever you’re outside in order to reduce light sensitivity
- Do not rub your eyes
- Avoid hot tubs and swimming pools for one week, since they may increase your chance of developing an infection
- Avoid wearing eye makeup for the first week of your recovery
Complications after cataract surgery are very rare and when they occur, they generally subside as your eyes heal. Some of the most common complications experienced during the cataract surgery recovery period include:
- Dry eyes
- Mild discomfort
- Red or bloodshot eyes
- Blurred vision
In most instances, these issues will resolve on their own within 1-2 weeks. If you still experience any of these complications after two weeks, call our office immediately.
If you would like to learn more about cataract surgery, please contact Kirk Eye Center using the form on this page or call 970-669-1107 today to schedule a consultation. We serve patients in Loveland, Windsor, Fort Collins and the surrounding areas of Northern Colorado.