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What to Expect After Cataract Surgery

Retired female closing eye and smiling to camera, successful cataract surgery

If your eye doctor has recommended cataract surgery, you should know what to expect after surgery and what might happen if you choose not to treat your cataracts. Allow us to explain:

Brighter Colors

A cataract clouds your eye’s natural lens. When this cataract is removed and an artificial lens is placed on top of the eye, there are no more muted colors! You can expect to see brighter colors and clearer images as you look through your “new” eyes.

Eye Protection & Eyewear

Your Vision Eye Group doctor will recommend wearing an eye patch or shield for a couple of days to protect your eye. You will be prescribed medicated eye drops to help with the healing process. After your eye has healed, you may need glasses. It’s important to wait until your eyes have healed completely so the prescription is accurate.

Post-Operative Symptoms

With every medical procedure, there will be side effects after the operation is over. Allow us to highlight normal and abnormal post-operative side effects.

  • Normal post-cataract surgery symptoms include blurry vision (at first), itchiness, and mild discomfort. After eight weeks, all symptoms should cease.
  • Abnormal post-cataract surgery symptoms include vision loss, pain that won’t stop with medicine, extreme eye redness, eyelid swelling, and floaters.

After your cataract surgery, you will meet with a Vision Eye Group doctor so he or she can check on your healing process. If at any time, you experience any of the abnormal post-cataract surgery symptoms listed above, call your doctor immediately.

Untreated Cataracts

If cataracts are left untreated, your vision will continue to worsen. Sometimes, a new eyeglass prescription can help improve your vision as you wait for your scheduled cataract surgery date. When you first start noticing symptoms, call your Vision Eye Group doctor to schedule a cataract evaluation: 478-744-1710. It is vital that you do not wait until your symptoms worsen, as it can make surgery more difficult.

Our skilled ophthalmologists will provide exceptional care before, during, and after your procedure. Schedule a consultation with Vision Eye Group: 478-744-1710.

If you missed parts one and two in our series on cataracts, you can check them out here: