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What To Expect After Your Cataract Surgery

by Stephen Silva

If you have scheduled your cataract surgery, you might find yourself feeling a little unsure about the entire situation, especially if you are not completely aware of just what it is that you should expect. Take a moment to review the following things things that you can expect from the surgery.

A Little Grogginess

You will most likely experience a little bit of grogginess immediately after the surgery. This is something that you will deal with while you are recovering in the waiting or recovery room. While you might still be a little groggy on your way home, your medical professionals will make sure that you are at least a little more alert than you were when you first came out of surgery. Of course, no matter how well you are feeling when you are finally released to go home, you will not be allowed to drive yourself home so you need someone to take you home.

Sensitivity To Light

It is important to know that this is a temporary issue that will slowly get better as the days pass by. You may notice a little halo around lights in the house when you look directly at them. You might even notice that your eyes feel a little sensitivity to the touch due to the light. Therefore, since there is so many sensitivity issues with your eyes for the first few days you need to refrain from driving. It is also advisable to make sure that you are avoiding makeup until you are completely recovered, as the makeup will only make your eyes hurt more.

The Need For New Prescription Glasses

If you have prescription glasses, you will notice that they no longer work for you after the completion of your cataract surgery. It is important to make sure that you are quickly scheduling an appointment with your eye doctor so you do not have to be without glasses for too long, especially if you have to drive or go back to work soon. Be sure to let your eye doctor know the date of your completed cataract surgery so they know when it is best for you to be seen. 

As you can see, there are just a few things you need to be aware of and prepare for when you are scheduled for a cataract surgery. The more aware you are of what you are about to go through, the less intimidating the entire process might be.