Achieving The Best Recovery After Cataract Surgery
Cataract surgery is regarded as one of the safest procedures for your eyes. The whole procedure takes about 10-15 minutes and is virtually painless. After administering topical anesthesia, an intraocular lens (IOL) is inserted as a replacement for the opaque lens. As a result, you will notice an overall recovery of your visual capability. The Northern Eye Centre is a leading eye specialist in the Greensborough area and can offer personalised advice regarding cataract surgery. If you decide to undergo cataract surgery, it is important to take some simple post-surgery measures to prevent future problems with your sight.
In order to fully realise the advantage of cataract surgery, it is essential to wait for your eyes to adjust to the new lenses for about 1-2 weeks. The recovery time after cataract surgery differs from person to person, wherein some people may experience fast healing, while in others, the healing phase may be somewhat slower. The typical recovery time after cataract surgery can be anywhere from a few days up to a month. However, in most cases you will be able to see pictures with sharp focus within a week after the surgery.
Cataract surgery, while very safe and effective is still a medical procedure and as such it is important to carefully follow your eye doctor’s post-operative care instructions. Particularly during the first week following surgery, as the eye is still recovering. The main precautions you should follow are:
- Make sure you keep the eye area clean
- Apply eye drops as directed by your doctor for 3 weeks after surgery
- Avoid getting water into the eye during showering or bathing
- Do not take part in strenuous physical activities including sport
- Report any problems after surgery, especially if you experience pain, ache in the eye or your vision gets worse again
- Driving is not advisable before your vision returns 100%
Even if your vision feels almost perfect, you may still be on the road to recovery after the surgery. To ensure the best outcome for your sight a follow-up visit to the Northern Eye Centre, a leading eye specialist near Greensborough, will be made the day after the cataract surgery so that our eye specialist can ensure you are recovering well. To make an appointment or to find out more about cataract surgery please call: 9459 5133