Cataract Surgery Recovery Timeline

Cataract surgery is a highly successful medical procedure. The treatment can restore severely compromised sight, and most patients notice that their vision improves quickly and comfortably. Dr. Thomas J. Byrd, is an experienced surgeon who can ensure your procedure and cataract surgery recovery are quick and successful. Our Downriver Detroit, MI, practice will provide detailed instructions regarding post-operative care and conduct follow-up visits to ensure your healing progresses well. Contact Byrd Eye Clinic today to schedule a consultation and learn more.

What to Expect after Cataract Surgery

Cataract surgery is a relatively quick treatment, and you will be able to return home the same day. Because the treatment will affect your vision, you will need to find a ride to and from your procedure. Immediately following surgery, you may develop some temporary side effects, such as blurred, wavy, or distorted vision. You may also notice an irritated or scratchy sensation, and develop a bloodshot eye. These effects are normal, and typically dissipate within a few days. Most patients are able to notice significant improvement to their vision the day after surgery. As your eye heals fully, you will find that your vision can continue to improve. If you had laser cataract surgery or received a premium IOL, you may barely rely on glasses or contacts following treatment.

Caring for Your Eyes after Cataract Surgery

To ensure a successful recovery, it is important to remember two important rules: use the drops, and do not rub or touch the eye. Dr. Byrd will prescribe antibiotic and anti-inflammatory eye drops, which you should apply as instructed. To help you refrain from rubbing or applying any pressure to your eye, we will provide a protective plastic shield, which is taped over the eye. You will be able to see through the shield, and should wear it continuously for three days after your surgery. You should also wear the shield while sleeping for a full week following your procedure.

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Wearing sunglasses may be helpful and can reduce light sensitivity after cataract surgery. You will also need to avoid particularly demanding activity for about a week, as the strain could harm your eye. Finally, you should not wear makeup for 10 days after your surgery.

Most patients are able to notice significant improvement to their vision within a few days of surgery. As your eye heals fully, you will find that your vision can continue to improve.

Follow-up Appointments

Along with proper care at home, it is vital that you keep your scheduled appointments with Dr. Byrd. He performs all cataract surgeries on Tuesdays, and you will have a follow-up appointment the next day, on Wednesday morning. Your vision may still be blurred, so you should have someone drive you to and from this appointment as well. We will schedule an additional visit about three weeks after your procedure.

If you have cataracts in both eyes, Dr. Byrd may tentatively schedule your second surgery for two weeks after the first procedure.  Dr. Byrd will monitor your healing and discuss your upcoming procedure at an additional one-week follow-up appointment. If you or he determine that you need more recovery time, he will delay your second surgery until your first eye has finished healing. Dr. Byrd will prescribe new glasses three weeks after all procedures have been completed. After that point in time, you will simply need to maintain your regular eye exams and vision screenings.

Learn More about Cataract Surgery Recovery

We strive to provide effective, individualized care to all of our patients. To find out more about what to expect during cataract surgery recovery, contact our office today

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