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What to Expect from Cataract Surgery

Cataract surgery is an incredibly common surgery – in fact, it is the most commonly performed medical surgery in the US. This outpatient procedure takes approximately 15 minutes; you can expect to leave the surgery center about 3 - 4 hours after you arrive. The surgery is performed under local anesthesia. There is no pain and no blood with cataract surgery. You will be seen by a doctor the day after your surgery, as well as one week after surgery. Cataract surgery is performed on one eye at a time. You will receive your final glasses prescription about 4 weeks after your second eye surgery. The eye needs time to heal; that is why a new prescription for glasses is not reliable if done sooner.

After cataract surgery, you can expect some mild blurriness as your eye heals and your vision adjusts – this is perfectly normal. You should not drive the day of your surgery, but you may drive the day after your cataract surgery. It is also normal to feel some slight light sensitivity, itchiness or discomfort in the eye as it heals, but try to avoid rubbing or pushing on the eye. Your doctor will prescribe an eye drop regimen, and you will be given written instructions in how to use the various drops. It is important to follow these instructions to the letter, as these drops help the healing process by reducing inflammation, controlling eye pressure, and guarding against infection. In a very short period of time, you will start enjoying clearer vision!

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