Cataract Recovery

Cataract recovery, as surgical recoveries go, is one of the most painless and easy of them all. Where most surgeries require any number of bandages, stitches, and other restrictions depending on the region, cataract surgery generally requires very little. As cataract surgery is one of the most common surgeries performed today, the rate of complications arising is very low. The whole cataract surgery recovery process should be relatively painless, but this article will help give a good idea of what to expect.


The day of the surgery, the patient is usually told not to eat or drink anything from around midnight the day prior to the surgery. Cataract surgery is generally outpatient so the patient should also arrange for a family member or friend to drive them home after the completion of the procedure. This kind of operation requires very little in the way of anesthesia and will usually be completed within 30 minutes or so.

Once the procedure has been performed, the patient is brought to a recovery room where the doctor will prescribe several eye drops to take over the course of the next few weeks after the surgery. Depending on the anesthesia, the patient may also need to wear an eye patch for the next day, but, in most cases, the eye patch is not required. Very little pain is usually reported with recovery after cataract surgery, but if one experiences a lot of pain or a decrease in vision then that person should contact his or her doctor immediately.

During recovery from cataract surgery, the patient will need to return to the doctor's office within the first few days and, also over the first few weeks. As complications, although very rare, tend to be somewhat severe as they can affect the person's vision permanently, the patient will need to be closely watched by their doctor for several weeks after the surgery. During these few weeks, the patient will be using the eye drop regiment prescribed by his or her doctor to prevent inflammation and infection. Also, the person's activities will be somewhat restricted. Generally, the patient should refrain from heavy lifting, bending over, or stooping on the ground. Often, patients are capable of returning to work after only a few days of recovery time.

Once the patient's vision has stabled, the doctor will outfit the patient with the proper corrective glasses. In some cases, this will not be necessary as the intraocular cataract lens that is introduced in place of the cataract is usually chosen based upon the shape needed to correct the patient's vision. There is the toric cataract lens for astigmatism correction, the monofocal lens, and the multifocal lens, which are chosen depending on the vision of the patient without the cataract.

With the high frequency of these procedures, cataract recovery tends to be one of the most painless and complication free recoveries one can experience.