Patients typically leave the outpatient facility wearing a plastic shield over the operated eye. There is usually minimal discomfort. While there are short term limitations in exercise and cosmetics, most patients are back to their normal activities after a few days. Eye drops are used to prevent infection and speed recovery. Vision improves soon after surgery and should continue to improve over several weeks. Depending on the IOL selected, patients often need to wear glasses for reading and computer use.
When the natural lens is removed during cataract surgery, an IOL (intraocular lens) is inserted to take its place. Before IOL’s were developed, one had to wear thick glasses or special cataract lens to see after surgery. Now there are several different types of IOL’s available for patients undergoing cataract surgery. Before surgery is performed, the eyes are measured to determine corneal astigmatism and axial length of the eye to determine the correct power of IOL for you.