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A 46-year-old member asked:

How long will it take my eye to heal after cataract surgery so i can do the other one?

3 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Victor Bello
Ophthalmology 54 years experience
Healing after cat Sg: Typically 2 to 3 weeks surgery in the other eye can be done as early as 3 days after the first one. There has been recent efforts to consider, bilateral cataract surgery in one setting. What precluded this in the past is the remote possibility of an infection in one eye, that could conceivably affect both eyes.
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Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
1-4 weeks: I usually proceed with the second eye 1-4 weeks after the first, as long as the eye is healing well and the patient is happy!
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Dr. Jay Bradley
Cornea, Cataract, & Refractive (LASIK & PRK) Surgery 20 years experience
2nd eye surgery: Most patients are healed and doing well quickly so they can have there second eye done within1-2 weeks of their first eye.
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How long will it take for my eye to recover from cataract surgery?

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Dr. Robert Chang
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Depends: Sometimes the recovery is very fast, or it can take a long time if there are complications. Some people see perfectly the next day. It's dependent on several factors such as how much energy is used to break up the lens, how fast the surgery was completed, how healthy the eye and cornea is, etc. Usually postoperative drops are used for about 1 month.
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A 31-year-old member asked:

How long is the recovery time for cataract surgery on one eye?

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Dr. Rebecca Dale
Ophthalmology 23 years experience
Depends, often 1 wk: Presuming that cataract surgery is uncomplicated, i ask my patients to avoid submerging the eye in water (no pools, hot tubs, etc.) and to avoid strenuous activity for one week and avoid eye rubbing for 2-3 weeks. Many patients have fairly good vision within the first few days after cataract surgery, although blur can persist for weeks if there is significant corneal swelling or other issues.
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Last updated Aug 19, 2020

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