What to Expect: Cataract Surgery Recovery

Woman smiling after recovering from eye surgeryWith their extensive skills and experience, the doctors at Broberg Eye Care can make your cataract surgery recovery as quick and comfortable as possible. If clouds of protein, or cataracts, are making it difficult for you to see, cataract surgery can improve your vision. Dr. Peter Broberg, Dr. Halsey Settle, and Dr. William McGlathery, and Dr. Ximena de Sabra offer advanced laser cataract surgery to help patients recover quickly and easily. To learn more about cataract surgery recovery and schedule a consultation at our Austin, TX practice, contact our office today.

Cataract Surgery

At Broberg Eye Care, we use laser and ultrasound technology to remove cataracts as easily and efficiently as possible. Using a laser for cataract surgery can minimize cell damage, create more exact incisions, and require less ultrasound energy for fragmentation, all of which can reduce your healing time.

Before your surgery, we will use advanced optical coherence tomography to generate a 3D surgical plan. Then, we will use anesthetic eye drops to numb your eyes. Next, we use a powerful, accurate laser beam to make an incision into the capsule, the membrane surrounding your lens. Through this incision, we will place a thin, needle-like tube, using ultrasound waves to fragment the proteins so they can be gently removed from the eye with suction. Once the damaged tissue is removed, your surgeon will place an intraocular lens (IOL). We provide many types of IOLs, including monofocal, multifocal, and toric IOLs. 

The entire surgical process usually takes less than 15 minutes to complete. If both eyes have cataracts, we usually operate on one at a time, completing the second procedure within about two weeks of the first.

Recovery Timeline

Directly after cataract surgery, you will need to have someone drive you home. Most patients feel tired or groggy after surgery, so taking a nap is recommended. For the first day and night, you will need to wear a protective shield over your eyes.

For the first 24 hours, your eyes may feel irritated, your vision may be slightly blurry, and you may see glare or halos. During this time, you should rest and relax, refraining from reading or watching television. You can typically resume these activities the next day. You may experience some light sensitivity or irritation for about one week after surgery, but this should diminish quickly.

Patients should take all prescribed antibiotics to prevent infection, and pain medication to reduce discomfort, in the days following cataracts surgery. We will see you for regular appointments during your recovery to monitor your progress and ensure you are healing well. Typically, patients are completely recovered within one month, although it may take longer for your eye to adapt to the IOL.

Enhance Your Recovery

You can help your eyes heal by:

  • Attending your regular recovery appointments
  • Avoiding rubbing or scratching your eyes, even if they itch
  • Refraining from heavy lifting or water sports
  • Not bending over, as this can put pressure on your lens
  • Staying away from sand, dirt, or dust
  • Cleaning your face and not using makeup or skin creams around your eyes
  • Taking antibiotics as directed

Learn More about Cataract Surgery Recovery

Contact our office today to schedule an appointment with one of our doctors and learn more about how you can reclaim your eyesight.

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