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April 25, 2024

By: Barinder (Tony) Athwal, MD

Common Cataract Post-Surgery Experiences

Managing Common Cataract Post-Surgery Experiences

Cataract surgery is a transformative procedure that restores clarity and vision to those affected by cataracts. While the surgery itself is highly successful, some patients may experience common post-operative symptoms as their eyes heal. At SightMD, we understand the importance of guiding patients through every step of their cataract surgery journey, including managing post-surgery experiences. Let’s explore some common cataract post-surgery experiences and how to effectively manage them for a smooth recovery.

  1. Blurry Vision: Blurry vision is a common post-operative experience following cataract surgery, particularly in the initial days and weeks. This blurriness may be due to swelling, inflammation, or residual refractive error. While some improvement is typically noticeable within a few days, it may take several weeks for vision to fully stabilize. To manage blurry vision, follow your surgeon’s post-operative instructions diligently, use prescribed eye drops as directed, and avoid strenuous activities that may exacerbate symptoms.
  2. Sensitivity to Light: Many patients experience increased sensitivity to light after cataract surgery, a condition known as photophobia. This sensitivity may be temporary as the eyes adjust to the intraocular lens (IOL) implant or due to residual inflammation. To manage photophobia, wear sunglasses or protective eyewear when outdoors, and avoid bright lights or harsh glare indoors. If sensitivity to light persists or worsens, consult your surgeon for further evaluation and guidance.
  3. Dry Eye Symptoms: Dry eye symptoms, such as itching, burning, or excessive tearing, are common after cataract surgery, especially in patients with pre-existing dry eye disease. These symptoms typically improve as the eyes heal, but temporary dryness may persist during the recovery period. To alleviate dry eye symptoms, use prescribed lubricating eye drops regularly, avoid environments with dry air or strong winds, and take frequent breaks when performing visually demanding tasks.
  4. Halos or Glare: Some patients may experience halos or glare around lights, particularly at night, following cataract surgery. These visual disturbances may be caused by residual refractive error, irregularities in the cornea, or issues with the IOL implant. While halos and glare often diminish over time as the eyes adjust, they may persist in some cases. To manage halos or glare, avoid driving at night until symptoms improve, and discuss potential treatment options with your surgeon if symptoms persist.
  5. Floaters: Floaters are small, shadowy shapes that appear to float across your field of vision and are often more noticeable after cataract surgery. While floaters are usually harmless and tend to fade over time, they can be bothersome for some patients. To manage floaters, try to ignore them and allow your brain to adjust to their presence. If floaters significantly impair your vision or are accompanied by flashes of light, contact your surgeon immediately for further evaluation.

Contact SightMD Today

Experiencing common post-surgery symptoms after cataract surgery is normal and often temporary as the eyes heal and adjust. By understanding these experiences and knowing how to manage them effectively, you can navigate your recovery with confidence and ease. At SightMD, we’re committed to providing comprehensive care and support throughout every step of your cataract surgery journey, ensuring a smooth and successful recovery. Contact us today to set up an appointment to discuss cataract surgery with a reputable cataract surgeon.