Older couple enjoying the beach together after successful cataract surgery.
In the old days, cataract surgery was a big ordeal. In fact, people used to get admitted to the hospital for this procedure. Today, the procedure is so simple that patients go home the same day. Even though it is a relatively simple surgery, it is still a good idea to know what to expect afterward. That way, you can prepare yourself for the road ahead.

Right After Surgery

Your eye surgeon will bandage your eye and send you home. You will feel a little groggy from the sedative received for the procedure, however, use that to your advantage by taking a nap. Because you will not be able to read or watch TV for the first day, plan on resting as much as possible. By sleeping, you can rest your eye, which is important immediately following surgery.

The Day After Cataract Surgery

You will likely get your bandage off the day after having cataract surgery. You might notice a slight glare or halo, but this is nothing to worry about. Those effects will likely go away. Cataracts seriously compromise eyesight so following surgery, you should be able to see much better than you have in a long time.

You should avoid driving during this time, as well as rubbing your eyes. In addition, do not wear makeup or get anything in your eye, including water, as this could cause an infection. With that in mind, and to allow the incision to heal, your eye surgeon might have you wear protective lenses around your eyes, at least while sleeping.

The First Few Weeks

During the first few weeks, your post-surgery side effects should disappear. You will be able to resume your activities as your eyes heal. Once healed, you will need to go back to the eye doctor for an exam. Your doctor will check your vision to see if you need corrective lenses. Many people who wore glasses prior to surgery no longer need them. However, for those who still require glasses, a new prescription is likely due to the improved vision.

Two Months After Surgery

By now, you should be fully adjusted to your new lens. Your eyes should be healed and your vision significantly improved. If you had cataracts in both eyes, your eye surgeon will want to discuss getting your second cataract removed. You will be ready to take on another surgery at this time. The second surgery will be even easier since you will not need to decide which lens to get. Instead, you will get the same lens that the eye surgeon put in the first eye.

Clearly, cataract surgery is much easier than it was in the past. If you are interested in getting this surgery, start by contacting a Nashville, Tennessee cataract surgeon. You will need to come in for a consultation to determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure. If you are, you can schedule a date for your surgery! Contact us today!