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Dr. Jay Bradley Dr. Bradley
Ophthalmology - LASIK Surgery
14 years in practice
Texas Tech University School of Medicine
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Cataract surgery how long willthe pain last after surgery?

Cataract surgery how long willthe pain last after surgery?

No pain: You should not have any pain during or after cataract surgery. Some irritation or scratchiness can be normal though. ...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


Dr. Andrew Shatz Dr. Shatz
Ophthalmology
22 years in practice
Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine
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Will my vision improve immediately after having cataract surgery? I need cataract surgery, but i'm worried that i won't be able to see after the surgery. I'll need to return to work as soon as possible after the procedure. How long will it take for my vis

Will my vision improve immediately after having cataract surgery? I need cataract surgery, but i'm worried that i won't be able to see after the surgery. I'll need to return to work as soon as possible after the procedure. How long will it take for my vis

Vision improves fast: Cataract surgery is a quick and easy procedure from which you can recover. Most people begin to see better within a day of the procedure, but this depends on the degree of cataract as well as the type of cataract surgery you have. Depending on your work, you may be able to resume normal activities almost immediately. Speak with your eye surgeon about your particular situation. ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Bensinger Dr. Bensinger
Ophthalmology
48 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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How long does cataract surgery take?

How long does cataract surgery take?

20-35 minutes: Most cataract surgery in the absence of complications or pre-existing problems like trauma or congenital problems - most will take 20-35 minutes. ...Read more

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Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers Dr. Cremers
Ophthalmology
21 years in practice
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
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How long does it take to heal from cataract surgery?

Healing after CS: Healing after cataract surgery is usually very quick: depending on pre-operative risk factors (diabetes, h/o trauma, flomax (tamsulosin) use, general health), intra-operative issues (any vitreous loss), and post-operative issues: any wound leaking, infection, etc. Complications are rare: vision improves usually ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Ham Dr. Ham
Ophthalmology
23 years in practice
University of Nebraska College of Medicine
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About how long is the recovery time for cataract surgery?

About how long is the recovery time for cataract surgery?

Variable.: Should be comfortable in less than 24 hours, with vision starting to improve rapidly starting the next morning after surgery, taking up to a week to clear completely. You should be able to return to normal activities the next day. This is for routine uncomplicated procedure. ...Read more

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Dr. LINDA VARGAS Dr. VARGAS
Ophthalmology
30 years in practice
University of Nebraska College of Medicine
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How long is the recovery time for cataract surgery nowadays?

How long is the recovery time for cataract surgery nowadays?

A few days: For routine, uneventful cataract surgery most patients are back to their "normal" routine within a few days. Several factors affect how long it takes to recover, i.e., the age of the patient, overall health of the patient and whether there are other co-morbidities such as uncontrolled diabetes, glaucoma, or medications that can present a problem during surgery. ...Read more

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Dr. Ilan Cohen Dr. Cohen
Ophthalmology
21 years in practice
Tufts University School of Medicine
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How long is the recovery time for my cataract surgery, and how soon can I swim?

How long is the recovery time for my cataract surgery, and how soon can I swim?

2 weeks: Assuming uncomplicated surgery, most surgeons would advise that you avoid submerging your head in water for about 2 weeks after the surgery. The full healing time can be around 6-8 weeks but 90% of it occurs within the first 7-10 days. ...Read more

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Dr. Tod Haller Dr. Haller
Ophthalmology
12 years in practice
Ross University School of Medicine
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Had cataract surgery. Instructions say "resume normal activity" in 1 week. Doing landscape and deck work, dusty and strenuous. Wait longer than 1 wk?

Had cataract surgery. Instructions say "resume normal activity" in 1 week. Doing landscape and deck work, dusty and strenuous. Wait longer than 1 wk?

Each doc is differen: Every ophthalmologist has their own time frame for strenuous activity after cataract surgery. A lot of that depends on if the cataract surgery was difficult or even had a complication or stitch. However, I am not aware of any evidence that gives a specific time frame that is safe. The best answer i can give is ask your surgeon because only he knows what went on on your individual surgery. ...Read more

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Dr. Benjamin Chun Dr. Chun
Ophthalmology
24 years in practice
Dartmouth Medical School
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How long before flying on an airline, after I have cataract surgery?

How long before flying on an airline, after I have cataract surgery?

None: Cataract surgery does not prevent you from flying even right after surgery. There are certain retinal surgery where gas is inserted in your eyes that you should not be flying, due to gas expansion with altitude. ...Read more

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Dr. Matheson Harris Dr. Harris
Ophthalmology
12 years in practice
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
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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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Dr. Richard Bensinger Dr. Bensinger
Ophthalmology
48 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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I had cataract surgery last weds. Today I inadvertently went outside in bright sun without my dark glasses on - did I do serious harm? I was only ou

I had cataract surgery last weds.  Today I inadvertently went outside in bright sun without my dark glasses on - did I do serious harm?  I was only ou

No harm: The dark glasses are not medicinal. They are to 1) give you some comfort from the increased light input to the eye after cataract removal and 2) provide a little protection from a direct poke to the eye. Do not worry. ...Read more

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Dr. Jay Bradley Dr. Bradley
Ophthalmology - LASIK Surgery
14 years in practice
Texas Tech University School of Medicine
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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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Dr. Michael Ham Dr. Ham
Ophthalmology
23 years in practice
University of Nebraska College of Medicine
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Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers Dr. Cremers
Ophthalmology
21 years in practice
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
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With cataract surgery, how long to wait between? Worried abt fatigue. Should wait a month ? dr wants to do two weeks apart.

With cataract surgery, how long to wait between? Worried abt fatigue. Should wait a month ? dr wants to do two weeks apart.

Timing Cataract Surg: Timing between eyes for cataract surgery is dependent on: pt's risk factors, vision, symptoms, & outcome of 1st eye, MD. Studies show sequential surgery (even at same time, though not allowed in US yet) saves pt down time, money, stress. If 1st surgery went well, though there are no guarantees, most eye MDs generally recommend CE 2nd eye soon (depending on refraction of 1st eye) & pt's preference. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Rosenfeld Dr. Rosenfeld
Ophthalmology
37 years in practice
Yale University School of Medicine
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5 years after cataract surgery. Shld I do something? Anything to worry abt? It's been 2 yrs since my last checkup. Not much changes with vision.

5 years after cataract surgery.  Shld I do something? Anything to worry abt?  It's been 2 yrs since my last checkup. Not much changes with vision.

Absolutely yes!: There are many silent causes of blindness that can occur months to years after cataract surgery, and you should have annual dilated ophthalmological examinations. You can't be certain that your eyes are healthy just because you think that your vision is unchanged. ...Read more

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Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers Dr. Cremers
Ophthalmology
21 years in practice
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
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Dr. William Goldstein Dr. Goldstein
Ophthalmology
27 years in practice
Wayne State University School of Medicine
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How long before cataract surgery should someone stop smoking?

How long before cataract surgery should someone stop smoking?

Quit now: It will not affect the surgery, but we all know that smoking kills! quit now, and don't restart after your surgery. ...Read more

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Dr. Matthew Goren Dr. Goren
Ophthalmology
28 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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Dr. Ilan Cohen Dr. Cohen
Ophthalmology
21 years in practice
Tufts University School of Medicine
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Dr. Richard Bensinger Dr. Bensinger
Ophthalmology
48 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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My mother just had cataract surgery last month she is 22 years older than me. I was diagnosed with cataracts today and am a bit frightened.

Second opinion: Almost all of us will get cataracts if we live long enough. Some can get them earlier than others and the only proven risk factor for age related cataracts is sunlight exposure. Since you seem on the young side, get a second opinion with an ophthalmologist. And some opacities listed as cataract may be lens opacities that are stable and not need treatment. Removal, however, is senign and successf ...Read more

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