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What To Expect After Cataract Surgery

If you are scheduled to go in for cataract surgery, you might find yourself a little worried about what you should expect after it is completed. To help you understand what will be happening, you will want to take a few moments to check out the following points.

You Will Feel A Little Groggy

The cataract surgery itself is not long when there are no complications. In fact, you might find that you will be resting in the recovery room longer than you were back for the actual surgery. Once the grogginess from the anesthesia wears off, you will be permitted to go home. However, this does not mean that you are cleared to drive right away because you are still technically under the influence of the anesthesia and will have slowly driving reflexes. Therefore, you need to have a trusted friend or family member with you who can get you home safely. 

You Have To Use A Protective Eye Shield

Your eye surgeon will provide you with a protective shield for your eyes. It must be worn for the first few hours after the surgery. However, once you are home and have rested for a little bit, you may be able to remove the shield. It is still suggested that you wear the protective shield when you take naps or go to bed for the night. This is the only way to ensure that your sensitive eyes are protected while you are sleeping. Your surgeon will let you know how long you will have to do this.

You Might Have Cloudy Vision At First

Even though your surgery is to improve your eye sight, it is important to realize that your vision might seem cloudy or blurry at first. Do not panic and fear that the surgery did not work or that something went wrong. This is normal and is to be expected while your eyes adjust, which should be within the same day.

You Have To Attend The Follow Up Visit

Most eye surgeons will want to see you the next day for a follow up appointment. This is to make sure that they are able to see that the surgery was a true success and to look for any complications, such as infections, that could arise.

With these things in mind, you should have no trouble preparing yourself for your upcoming cataract surgery. Knowing what to expect will make the entire process a lot easier on yourself. To learn more, contact The Eye Center