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Cataract surgery is a quick, simple surgery with an extremely high success rate as procedures are quick and straightforward to recover from. However, this success rate is largely determined by your recovery.

Although the procedure itself is low-risk, there are a few post-op recoveries steps which patients must follow in order to ensure the best possible outcome.

What to Expect Post-Surgery

The uncomplicated cataract eye surgery procedure usually takes approximately 10-15 minutes. However, you will need to rest in a recovery area until you are no longer sleepy from the sedative or aesthetic. Now a days due to use of Topical anaesthesia 30 minutes to an hour break is sufficient before discharge.

It is normal to experience blurry vision just after cataract eye surgery. The day after surgery, many patients resume their normal activities. Patients will see in the early stages of recovery, although not in clear vision, but instead in soft vision. Many cataract patients notice a significant improvement in their eyesight within 48 hours.


The eye should adapt to the new intraocular lens, which has taken the place of the previous lens. It will probably take one to two weeks to adjust and stabilize your vision.

Do and don’t after surgery

  1. Avoid Driving Post-Surgery

After surgery you should avoid driving at least for 3-4 days, after your first follow-up appointment, your surgeon will give you a time-frame of when you can drive again, depending on your healing. You should wear protective sunglasses during your drive home and throughout your recovery when outdoors.

  1. Keep Your Eyes Protected

Directly after your surgery, your eye(s) are covered with a clear, protective shield to protect against rubbing, dirt, and pollutants, that will be removed next day on your follow up. In topical anaesthesia we provide you dark glasses that you should wear maximum time in the first week.

  1. Avoid Harsh Lighting

Another important precaution is to avoid harsh, flashing lights for at least the first 24-hours after your cataract surgery. This includes sources of light from your television, mobile phone, tablet device, computer, laptop etc. Give rest your eyes as much as possible. They need to heal and not become overwhelmed by stimuli.

  1. Take Care When Bathing

Do not go swimming, hot tubbing, or visiting a sauna or spa. You can take shower with all the pre cautions because during the first week post-surgery, your eye is essentially an open wound which is vulnerable to infection. Make sure you don’t get soap in your eyes. Avoid moisturizers, lotions, and make-up around the operated eye. Face wipes or a damp face cloth are ideal for a thorough face cleanse during this first-week post-surgery.

  1. Don’t Skip Follow-Up Appointments

This is a very important part of your recovery as your doctor assesses your healing and adjust medications in order to keep infection at bay. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your recovery, this is the appointment to ask your surgeon.

Few more tips:

  • Avoid strenuous exercise and heavy lifting for 3-4 weeks
  • Make sure to fully complete your course of antibiotics to avoid infection
  • Avoid doing any cleaning around your home where dust and irritants could find their way to your eyes
  • Avoid rubbing and scratching your eyes, at all costs!
  • If you experience vision loss, persistent pain, light flashes, nausea or vomiting, see your doctor right away

At DREI (DR Rishi Eye Institute) we are providing cataract surgery with all the latest techniques for your speedy recovery.

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We are Single Super Specialty Working at Dr. Rishi Eye Institute 1363/64 Sector 6, Karnal. Dr. Rishi Eye Institute Was Setup on 1st March 2020. Hospital is Catering to Patients with Eye Related Problems Cataract Surgery, Cornea, Squint Surgery Etc. & Ophthalmology Critical Care Services.

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