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

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

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Cataracts (Definition)

A cataract 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). The condition can worsen by long-term topical steroid ...Read more


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Post cataract surgery developed floaters. Eyes check good no issues. One floater is very annoying in vision line. Do floaters go away in time?

Floaters dimish: with time but they may not completely go away. With better vision after cataract surgery you might have noticed the floater thats always been there. Your brain will try to adjust. Be well. ...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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Just had cataract surgery one eye a month ago the second 2weeks having terrible time with bright light sensitivity is this going to go away?

Just had cataract surgery  one eye a month ago the second 2weeks having terrible time with bright light sensitivity is this going to go away?

Usually yes: Some patients can be more sensitive to bright lights after cataract surgery until their eyes are healed and all the inflammation has resolved. You should definitely be discussing this with your surgeon. ...Read more

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Help please! is cataract surgery safe for who have only one eye?

Help please! is cataract surgery safe for who have only one eye?

Yes: Well, it is no less safe than those who have both eyes, but obviously no one wants to operate on a lone eye if there is no real problem. If it is truly symptomatic and causing impaired quality of life, it should be removed. Unless there was a problem with cataract surgery in the other eye, there should be no increased risk. ...Read more

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How long will it take for my eye to recover from cataract surgery?

How long will it take for my eye to recover from cataract surgery?

Cataract surgery: After cataract surgery patients recover very quickly, with good vision in one to 7 days and eye drops for about a month. You can return to normal activities the day after surgery. Restrictions are minimal, just avoiding rubbing and no swimming for a few weeks. There is scarring that holds the new lens implant in place and normal healing of the wound. ...Read more

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Should both eyes be fitted with lens for distance or only one for up close work for cataract surgery?

Should both eyes be fitted with lens for distance or only one for up close work for cataract surgery?

Worth a discussion: Using a different power in each eye, termed monovision, is a popular way to avoid the use of eyeglasses. If you get the distance power in each eye then you would need reading glasses. Consider also multifocal lenses which cost extra but can give you reasonable far and near vision after the surgery. This should be discussed with the surgeon doing the work for you. ...Read more

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I had cataract surgery a month ago, and now the operated eye looks smaller than the other one. , what can I do to make eye normal again?

I had cataract surgery a month ago, and now the operated  eye looks smaller than the other one. , what can I do to make eye normal again?

Droopy lid: Likely the eye is not smaller, just less open- or droopy. Wait at least 6 months, then have it evaluated by your eye surgeon or an oculo-plastic surgeon. Usually this is not an issue after both eyes have cataract surgery because they match, but it can be. Ptosis (droopy lid) does happen after cataract surgery; it is not necessarily serious. Be patient, then get evaluated. ...Read more

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After cataract surgery how long to use the eye protection?

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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I have conjunctivitis in one eye and the other eye has under gone cataract surgery 2 weeks ago how serious this can be. ?

I have conjunctivitis in one eye and the other eye has under gone cataract surgery 2 weeks ago how serious this can be. ?

Get it checked: Typically common conjunctivitis in the non surgical eye 2 weeks after surgery is not serious. I would suggest having your ophthalmologist examine it non-emergently just to ensure it actually is conjunctivitis and not something more serious. ...Read more

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