Cataract Surgery is the most commonly performed surgery in The United States with over 3 million surgeries performed on our aging population in 2014.
What you can expect after cataract surgery depends on the condition of your eye prior to surgery and your desire and willingness to spend additional money to reduce your need for glasses after cataract surgery.
Most people will spend about 2-3 hours at an outpatient surgery center being prepared for the surgery, having the surgery and being discharged home. The vast majority of patients surveyed are quite happy with their experience. At home, some people take a nap, while others go about their normal activities. Three different drops are usually taken 2-4 times per day for 4-6 weeks.
The next day the doctor will examine you in the office and measure your vision, your pressure, and examine the eye. The vast majority of patients are seeing better 1-3 days after their surgery, and many request to have their second eye cataract surgery 1-4 weeks later. Occasionally fluid in the cornea or retina will delay the recovery for several weeks or months and there is always a small possibility of needing a second surgery.
If you have pre-existing eye problems like macular degeneration, glaucoma or diabetic retinopathy