Tips for Proper Cataract Surgery Recovery
As a resident of the Tampa Bay area, you have access to a world-class clinic that provides treatment for any type of cataract—St. Michael’s Eye & Laser Institute in Clearwater, Florida. We are a family-owned and -operated vision center that performs cataract surgery on patients of any age.
A cataract operation is a simple and relatively painless procedure that takes an hour or less to perform. Your surgeon will use specialized equipment to remove the clouded lens and then implant a clear, artificial lens. After the procedure, you will need to protect your eye according to your doctor’s instructions for up to a week. You will probably notice that your vision is clearer immediately, but it typically takes about a month for your eye to heal completely after cataract surgery. Some patients may develop red and bloodshot eyes because of temporary damage to blood vessels, but as your eye heals, the redness should dissipate.
After LASIK, some patients may have difficulty seeing at night and may experience glare, halos, or double vision. This can last a few days to a few weeks.
Tips for a Speedy Recovery
To ensure a trouble-free recovery from cataract surgery, follow these tips:
- Don’t rub your eye after surgery.
- Refrain from any heavy lifting or strenuous activity for a few weeks.
- If at all possible, don’t sneeze right after surgery.
- To reduce the risk of infection, avoid swimming or using a hot tub during the first week after surgery.
- Don’t expose your eye to irritants such as dust, dirt, wind and pollen during the first few weeks of your recovery.
Cataract Diagnosis and Treatment
Since our founding in 1961, St. Michael’s Eye & Laser Institute has performed successful cataract surgery for thousands of patients. If you’re concerned that you may have a cataract and would like a proper diagnosis, contact us to schedule an appointment. With two state-of-the-art facilities in Clearwater, we serve patients from communities throughout Tampa Bay.