What are the typical outcomes of the cataract surgery?

This procedure is among the safest and most commonly performed surgical operations in the United States, with more than 3 million surgeries being performed each year. Most patients have a positive outcome with no complications.

When the outcome of cataract surgery is discussed before the surgical procedure, most people are asking about visual acuity and complications. Cataract surgeries always need a careful preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative planning.

Potential complications

Complications after cataract surgery are rare but, sometimes may occur, including:

  • eye infection 
  • swelling
  • bleeding
  • retinal detachment 
  • a feeling of pressure inside the eye
  • fluid buildup in the eye

Potential side-effects

After the surgery patients can experience the following side-effects:

  • grittiness
  • watering
  • blurred vision
  • double vision
  • red or bloodshot eye

These symptoms usually improve within a few days. Typically it takes 4 to 6 weeks to recover fully after the cataract surgery.

If the patient needs new glasses, he will be able to order them after his eye has completely healed – usually after 6 weeks.

Cataract surgery has a high success rate in improving the patients’ eyesight and in most cases allows them to return to their normal activities, including driving.

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Source: https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Education/Medical-Library/

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