After Cataract Surgery. What To Expect – Possible Side Effects
With cataract eye surgery, what can the patient expect after cataract surgery? Below are some of the common side effects that a patient may undergo after the operation. Take time reading them, so that if you are about to have an eye surgery, you are fully informed.
Discomfort after cataract surgery
During the first 24 hours patients may have some mild discomfort. If you have any further increase in discomfort please contact your eye care professional.
Post cataract surgery infection
Modern day small or micro-incisional cataract surgery lessens the risk but does not eliminate the risks. Preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative antibiotics will be used to minimize the risk of infection and will be prescribed by your surgeon. The lack of compliance in using these eye meds will significantly increase the risk of infection after cataract surgery.
Mild inflammation may be expected at post-op stage. Your surgeon will prescribe a nonsteroidal and steroidal anti inflammatory eye drop to decrease the risk of swelling. The lack of compliance in using these eye meds will significantly increase the risk of inflammation.
Posterior Capsule Opacity
The patient’s vision after the surgery may become blurred, but this condition is only temporary and will improve gradually after the recovery cataract surgery period. When the patient develops posterior capsule opacity or as medicare calls it “secondary cataract” in which the cells from the natural lens of the eyes have covered the back surface of the artificial lens leading to blurred vision. YAG laser capsulotomy (a 60 second procedure) is performed to correct the problem without causing any pain to the patient.
Patient Care Tips after the surgery
Complications can be minimized or prevented if the proper eye care instructions advised by the eyecare specialist are followed properly. If sudden loss of vision occurs or escalating pain is felt, contact your eye surgeon or seek immediate medical help to evaluate the condition.