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You had cataract surgery. It replaced your cloudy natural lens with a clear artificial one.
After surgery, your eye will not hurt. But it may feel scratchy, sticky, or uncomfortable. It may also water more than usual.
Most people see better 1 to 3 days after surgery. But it could take 3 to 10 weeks to get the full benefits of surgery and to see as clearly as possible.
Your doctor may send you home with a bandage, patch, or clear shield on your eye. This will keep you from rubbing your eye. Your doctor will also give you eyedrops to help your eye heal. Use them exactly as directed.
You can read or watch TV right away, but things may look blurry. Most people are able to return to work or their normal routine in 1 to 3 days. After your eye heals, you may still need to wear glasses, especially for reading.
This care sheet gives you a general idea about how long it will take for you to recover. But each person recovers at a different pace. Follow the steps below to get better as quickly as possible.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if you have any problems.
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Current as of: December 18, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
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