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After cataract surgery, how long do I need to wait before i can drive? I am semi-retired, 64 years old and a school bus driver part of the year. I'm preparing to have cataract surgery. How long after my surgery should I wait before it is safe for me to go

After cataract surgery, how long do I need to wait before i can drive? I am semi-retired, 64 years old and a school bus driver part of the year. I'm preparing to have cataract surgery. How long after my surgery should I wait before it is safe for me to go

Discuss with doc: You should discuss this with your surgeon. Your vision should recover very quickly after cataract surgery unless there are special circumstances. Most patients can drive almost immediately, however, there can be some challenges using both eyes together if the un-operated eye has a high prescription. ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Cataracts (Definition)

Occurs whent here is a clouding (or change in protein composition) of the normally clear lens (which is located behind the pupil and iris) inside the eye. Cataracts are most commonly due to aging, but can be congenital (born with it), due to trauma or uveitis (eye inflammation). Can be worsened by long-term topical steroid ...Read more


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How long after cataract surgery before you can determine how corrected your vision is?

How long after cataract surgery before you can determine how corrected your vision is?

Best vision : You will know fairly quickly after surgery that your vision has improved, but it takes up to four weeks or longer to get your final best vision. ...Read more

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Do I have to bring someone along, or can I drive after cataract surgery?

Do I have to bring someone along, or can I drive after cataract surgery?

Bring a driver: The most common form of anesthesia during cataract surgery is intravenous sedation. The effects can last for several hours, and patients are essentially "drunk". It is not safe to drive for at least 6-12 hours after having sedation, and most ophthalmologists will advise their patients not to drive for up to 24 hours. You will often not be allowed to leave the surgery center without a driver. ...Read more

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How long before flying after cataract surgery?

How long before flying after cataract surgery?

No restriction: As long as no gas was placed at the tine of your cataract surgery (which would be rare) then there is no restriction on flying postoperatively. ...Read more

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Can you wear contacts lenses after cataract surgery? I have always worn contact lenses instead of glasses. After my cataract surgery, will i be able to wear contact lenses? If so, how long do I need to wait after my surgery to begin wearing them again?

Easy answer-yes: I would hope that your cataract surgery corrected your distance vision, or both distance and near vision with the intraocular implant placed in your eye durung surgery.. There would be no need for contacts post operatively. If you needed an additional correction after cataract surgery, contact lenses could be used about 6 to 8 weeks post op. ...Read more

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After cataract surgery how long to use the eye protection?

Short term: Almost all cataract surgery is done under local; the eye protection is to cover the eye during the period when the anesthetic is still in effect to prevent accidentally poking the eye. It is not used to promote healing. By the next day after surgery, the cover will have been removed and with ordinary caution, the eye will heal nicely. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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If your eye is swollen after cataract surgery is that normal. How long is normal for it to be swollen? ??

If your eye is swollen after cataract surgery  is that normal. How long is normal for it to be swollen? ??

Varies: Biological response to surgery varies but swelling of the tissue lasting more than 2-4 days after cataract surgery is unusual and requires evaluation. If this is happening, you should contact your operating surgeon for an evaluation, especially if there is pain, bleeding or redness or the vision is dropping. ...Read more

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After cataract surgery, can the new lens slip or is it stitched into place?

Rarely : The implant has "arms" called haptics which hold it in place inside the lens capsule. If it was not inserted properly or if the eye sustains trauma then it can get misaligned or dislocated. This is fairly rare, but if it does occur it can often be repositioned with additional surgery. ...Read more

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How soon after cataract surgery can one resume normal (strenuous) sexual activity?

How soon after cataract surgery can one resume normal (strenuous) sexual activity?

Talk to eye doctor: I don't think one needs to refrain from sexual activity for more than a few days but your eye doctor can give you a better answer. However if you plan to have sex under water, then the answer would be different. :). ...Read more

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Is it painful after cataract. Surgery?

Is it painful after cataract. Surgery?

Usually not: Most of the time patients have very little discomfort after surgery. Sometimes there is occasional sensation like an eyelash in the eye. ...Read more

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Do flickers after cataract surgery go away?

Do flickers after cataract surgery go away?

Flickers, flashes CS: Flickers/Floaters after a non-complicated CS procedure can occur. Check with your eyeMD to be sure no vitreous was lost during procedure. If flashing or a significant numbers of floaters or a curtain coming down over your vision occurs, call your eyeMD ASAP to be sure there is no new retinal hole or detachment. More info: eyedoc2020@blogspot.com ...Read more

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What should I expect after cataract surgery?

Better vision.: You should expect better vision. Minimal to no discomfort and to return to normal activities in 24 hours. You will use drops for 3-4 weeks. ...Read more

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What can be expected after cataract surgery?

Better Vision:): The first few days after surgery may be somewhat blurred, however, some patient see better immediately. Best vision may require a spectacle rx, depending on the type of implant you were a candidate for, and which one you selected. You should experience no pain. Make sure you use your drops as prescribed and do not rub the eye or lift heavy objects immediately. ...Read more

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Which lens is better after cataract surgery?

S/p Cataract choices: If you mean which implant to choose for an intraocular lens implant, see Cataract Surgery Options at eyedoc2020.blogspot.com. If you mean which lens is better after cataract surgery: depends on residual refractive error (is there astigmatism, reading ok? what IOL was placed?). If you need reading, intermediate, distance rx, progressives are best for young pt's if brain can learn. Full answer @blog ...Read more

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Do I have to avoid all activity after cataract surgery?

No: Sometimes avoiding getting the eye wet and avoiding heavy lifting and eye rubbing is advocated, especially in sutureless cataract surgery. Usually nonvigorous activity is ok. ...Read more

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How exactly will your vision be after cataract surgery?

How exactly will your vision be after cataract surgery?

Vision & Catarac: Vision usually decreases with cataract formation; Depending on pre-operative risk factors (ie, hypertension, diabetes, pseudoexfoliation, trauma, etc) the vast majority of patients achieve 20/20 vision after cataract surgery (low risk factor patients). Most patients say colors are brighter after VA much better. More info at: eyedoc2020 blogspot com ...Read more

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