Life After Cataract Surgery: What To Expect

cataract surgery Cataracts are an eye condition characterized by clouding over the lens, leading to blurry vision, light sensitivity, and other visual impairments. Typically, cataract surgery is recommended once vision and quality of life begin to be seriously affected.

Though cataracts affects over 20 million Americans, few know what to expect regarding cataract surgery recovery and results. Here’s what to expect after cataract surgery.

How Long Is Recovery?

Typically, the procedure will last only a few minutes, generally less than 20 minutes. You may need to focus on resting for the first days following surgery, during which you may experience expected effects such as dry eyes, itching, and mild discomfort.

Afterward, these issues are expected to decrease and go away, with full recovery expected within a few weeks.

Your recovery will depend on various factors, such as if you had both eyes operated on at the same time, although this is rare. To know your exact timeline, make sure you speak with your doctor.

Will You Get 20/20 Vision?

After cataract surgery, your vision may improve to a greater acuity than before you developed cataracts. However, there may be instances in which you may still need corrective lenses even after cataract surgery.

One of the main benefits of cataract surgery is to address the clouded lens, which leads to blurry, impacted vision. To know how cataract surgery will impact your vision, speak with your doctor to learn what you can expect.

Can Cataracts Return?

Once the affected lens is removed, the buildup of protein that leads to cloudy vision can not happen. However, a condition known as secondary cataract, the most common complication of surgery, can exhibit similar symptoms to cataracts. It is caused by the clouding of a thin membrane that holds your implanted lens and not the clouding of the lens itself.

Working with a trained and experienced ophthalmologist can help decrease your chance of developing surgical complications.

Have Your Cataract Surgery at Kirk Eye Center Today

Kirk Eye Center has been providing exceptional eye care in Northern Colorado since 1991.Dr. John Kirk is a board-certified ophthalmologist, meaning he has furthered his medical knowledge according to the American Board of Ophthalmology standardizations.

To learn more about cataract surgery, call today at 970- 669-1107 or submit a contact form. The Kirk Eye Center proudly serves Loveland, Fort Collins, Windsor, CO, and the surrounding areas.

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