What to Expect After Cataract Surgery

Every year around 3 million Americans have cataract surgery. It’s typically a quick procedure done on an outpatient basis. Your ophthalmologist makes a tiny incision in your eye, removes the lens, and replaces it with an artificial intraocular lens.

Our expert optometrists and ophthalmologists at Paragon Eye Associates perform hundreds of cataract surgeries every year. We’re committed to protecting your vision and overall quality of life with state-of-art treatments. 

While cataract surgery is commonplace to us, we know that you have some questions, especially about what to expect. 

Cataract surgery day

You have anesthesia during your cataract surgery, and your vision will be blurry, so you need to have a friend or family member drive you home after your operation. 

You won’t be in any pain but, but you’ll be sleepy and disoriented. We provide a shield for your eye, which serves dual purposes. The shield not only blocks light, but it also prevents you from inadvertently rubbing at your eye, which may feel dry and itchy.

Avoid the sun and bright light, which can irritate your eye and increase your discomfort.

The week after cataract surgery

We recommend taking it easy after cataract surgery. It’s best if you avoid strenuous exercise, bending over, and lifting heavy objects for several weeks. You also shouldn’t drive until you have a follow-up eye exam, so we can confirm that your vision is clear enough to drive safely. 

Your eye might feel dry and itchy for several days as you heal. The surgery can cause mild, temporary swelling in your eye, which causes blurry vision. These symptoms subside, letting you feel more comfortable. 

Continue to stay out of the sun as much as possible. Wear dark glasses and a brimmed hat if you need to go outside. 

Call us immediately if you experience any vision loss, severe pain, flashes of light, many floaters, or extremely red eyes. 

The month after cataract surgery

Here at Paragon Eye Associates, we use state-of-the-art LenSx® cataract surgery and offer high-quality intraocular lens options, which provide the best benefit of all. Depending on the type of intraocular lens you choose, you might have clear, crisp vision — without corrective lenses. 

Yes, you read that right. Often, cataract surgery can repair your vision, so you don’t need to wear glasses, even for reading or driving at night. As your eye recovers, your vision should become sharper and more clear.

Some patients might still need to wear glasses, but we discuss your options with you during your consultation and can help you make an informed choice about your cataract surgery. We offer monofocal, bifocal, astigmatism-correcting, and monovision intraocular lens options. 

If you have cataracts and need an expert surgeon, call our offices in Arlington and Mansfield, Texas, or send a message to our team to schedule your cataract surgery consultation today. 

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