Recovering from Cataract Surgery

Cataract surgery is a relatively brief procedure. On average, it only takes around 20 to 30 minutes to complete. You will be given a sedative during surgery, which means you can expect some slight grogginess while you are in the waiting area after your procedure. For most of our patients, this sedative wears off quickly. However, you will not be able to drive yourself home; you must have a friend or family member ready to pick you up.

After returning home, it’s best to allow yourself plenty of downtimes to rest and relax. Try not to overuse your eyes (e.g. excessive reading or watching TV) during the first day to prevent eye strain. The next day, you can use your eyes as much as you want. However, do not rub or touch your eyes, or any covering that has been applied. Dr. Brooks will provide you with further post-operative instructions to help your eyes heal as easily as possible.

You may need to wait several days for your vision to improve after cataract surgery since your eyes need time to properly adjust to your new premium lens implant. During this initial recovery period, you might experience blurry vision, dry eye syndrome, and some limited discomfort – all of which will gradually resolve as the days go by. Dr. Brooks will follow up with you in the weeks after cataract surgery to ensure your recovery is progressing smoothly.

If you have further questions about cataract surgery, please contact Brooks Eye Associates today or call (972) 737-1181 to schedule a consultation with our experienced Dallas cataract surgeon. We serve patients throughout Plano, Frisco, and Dallas, Texas.