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What to expect after cataract surgery

What should you expect in the first day or two after cataract surgery or clear lens removal surgery?

Here’s what’s normal over the first couple of days after surgery;

  • Your vision will seem hazy as your pupil will remain dilated for 24-48 hours after surgery.
  • Sunlight and artificial light will seem a lot brighter than normal as the dilated pupil lets in lots of light
  • You may notice haloes or a circle around light, particularly after multifocal lens implants. This will settle
  • Your pupil will return to normal function within a couple of days and your vision should become much clearer once this happens.
  • You should not feel severe pain after cataract surgery but your eye will feel gritty or scratchy. Like a grain of sand irritating the eye.
  • Your eye may look pinkish after surgery and there may even be some bright red localised bruising. This is more likely if you are taking asprin or warfarin. This is normal.
  • Your eye may feel a little bit achy for a few days.

Here’s what’s not normal and if you have any of these symptoms you should consult an eye doctor or accident and emergency service as soon as possible;

  • Loss of vision
  • Decreasing vision
  • Increasing pain
  • Increasing redness,
  • Sticky discharge from the eye
  • Cloudiness of the cornea (the clear window of the eye)
  • A shadow in the vision that increases in size

Cataract surgery is an incredibly successful surgery and most patients get excellent results. Having your surgery performed by a consultant eye surgeon ensures that you’re receiving the best possible standard of care.