Recovering from Cataract Surgery

Cataract surgery is quite common with around three million procedures performed in the U.S. annually and 20 million worldwide. The process is far simpler and safer than it was in years past, but you will need to follow a strict recovery process to ensure your eyes heal properly. Although the actual surgery usually takes far less than an hour, the recovery can take up to eight weeks. The success rate of this surgery is incredibly high, particularly if you follow all of your doctor’s instructions. Here is what to know about cataract surgery and what you can expect from our expert cataract specialists.

Immediate Side Effects 

Right after the surgery, you may experience blurred vision, watery eyes, redness, and slight discomfort. They may be bothersome, but these issues should be resolved in a few days. If you have lingering issues, contact our office.


After cataract surgery, your ophthalmologist will prescribe several eye drops for you to use multiple times a day. You’ll also receive a detailed schedule. At first, you will have to use them often each day. As time passes, you will apply them less often. 

Other Precautions 

Your doctor may have you rest for two or three days after the surgery. You may need to take over-the-counter painkillers, although many people experience little pain with the procedure. You can bathe or shower using a handheld showerhead so that you don’t get soap or water in your eyes. Sunglasses or an eye shield are required for around a week when you are outside. It’s important to avoid rubbing or touching your eyes during this time since it can impair your results and cause infection.


Your activities will be restricted for the first few weeks. You should avoid anything that might open the eye incision, such as:

  • Putting your hands on or near your eye
  • Rigorous exercise or other taxing activities
  • Wearing eye makeup
  • Flying (unless specifically permitted by your ophthalmologist)
  • Swimming
  • Driving

Your ophthalmologist will advise you on how long you should avoid these activities since your case may differ from others, particularly if you have other eye conditions.

Cataract Surgery at Eye Care Physicians & Surgeons of New Jersey 

If you think you have cataracts, seek help from our experienced ophthalmologists at Eye Care Physicians & Surgeons of New Jersey. These expert professionals use the latest research and technology to ensure your surgery is successful and that you heal quickly and completely. Cataract surgery is common, but you should always seek out the most advanced care possible. After all, protecting your vision should be a top priority for everyone. To schedule a consultation, contact our New Jersey locations today by calling or filling out our online form.

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