What to expect post Cataract surgery?

Post-op Cataract Surgery

Today, after a minimally invasive cataract surgery with topic anesthesia, post-op should be expected as follows:

  • The patient is discharged with no bandages about 1 hour after surgery
  • A slight discomfort is perceived for 4 to 5 hour, similar to the feeling experienced when we get a little shampoo in the eyes.
  • Eyesight improves after 4 to 5 hours
  • The next day, the patient can see well with no discomforts at all.
  • From the next day it is already possible to watch tv, use the computer and drive. It is always best to ask the ophthalmologist for advice, when he performs a checkup the day after.
  • Patients should not lift weights for about a week.

  • It is advisable to abstain from sports for about a month.
  • It is fundamental not to touch the affected eye for a week
  • It is a best practice not to sleep on the side of the affected eye for a few days.
  • After the first two days it is ok to shower and wash hair, always paying attention not to get soap or shampoo in the eyes.

Cataract Surgery Complications

The most dreaded complication, even if extremely rare, is infection. During the first days after surgery, the risk of infection is still high.

For this reason, the patient has to meet deadlines set by the ophthalmologist for checkups and follow a theraphy with antibiotic eye drops. In case of any visual disturbance, specific checkups are mandatory: even infections, when catched immediately, can be properly treated.

It is best not to touch the affected eye for the first days and follow common hygiene rules to avoid the risk of infections that could become particularly serious after surgery.

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I had big problems due to cataract and high myopia (-20) with astigmatism (-2.0) in both eyes. So, a year ago, I underwent the crystalline lens replacement surgery with intraocular lens implantation.

I often did not r... Keep on reading this reviewecognize, at short distance, the faces of people I met and even contact lenses could not improve my vision (I wore them all day but they gave me a considerable discomfort to the eyes).

Now I see very well without glasses. I need them only to read closely, bust just for small letters. I see 10/10 from distance and I easily drive at night.

Sure, before surgery, I had so much anxiety, but with a slight sedation I was able to collaborate, by staring at the light the Doctor suggested me to look during surgery. I was assisted well in all phases of the operation. After about ten minutes I got back to my feet and I immediately see well from the operated eye without glasses.

I underwent surgery in the right eye at first and, two days later, in the left eye. Before the complete recover, I observed a short period of rest, I carefully followed the treatment with eye drops and I wore a protective shell at night.

For me a new life has started: I do not have to wear those heavy glasses or annoying contact lenses, which need a careful maintenance. Sure it is not easy to stay awake and collaborate during surgery, but the sureness of being operated by experienced hands helps very much.