Cataract surgery is one the most common surgical procedures and one of the safest and most effective types of surgery. Through a tiny incision, the natural eye lens is removed and the new one implanted. A bandage is then placed over the operated eye, which can be removed the next day. The incision is self-sealing. You will in general be able to resume your normal activities the following day. The intraocular lens is distinguished by a particularly high level of patient satisfaction. In the vast majority of cases, glasses are no longer necessary enables sufficient near and distance vision.
With this guide we explain how your vision will change after surgery; what you should remember; and what you can do to enhance the healing process and avoid complication.
On the day of surgery
After surgery the anesthetic will gradually wear off. You may have a sensation of ‘dryness’ in your eye. This is quite normal. Do no rub your eye, and do not remove the bandage.Relax on the day of your surgery and do not perform any strenuous activities. You may read, use a computer or watch television, but you should restrict activities to a comfortable level. Don’t over exert your eyes. Give them time to rest.
Taking prescribed medication
Your eye doctor or operating surgeon will prescribe eye drops for you to use after the procedure. These are particularly important in preventing inflammation or infection of the eye. Please take the eye drops exactly as prescribed.
In the first 24 hours after surgery, the eye will recover significantly and the visual acuity will improve. How-ever, it may take a few weeks until and optimal and stable quality of vision is reached.
This may occur because of the following reasons:
- The Acri.LISA provides you with new visual impressions that first need to be processed by the visual center in the brain. This adjustment process will take a certain amount of time.
- The best result for optimal quality of vision, less or no dependency on glasses, is achieved when both eyes are implanted with Acri.LISA intraocular lenses.
You can encourage the adjustment of your eyes by not wearing your reading glasses during the first few weeks after surgery.
Helpful suggestions for after surgery
On the day after surgery you can resume most of your normal activities. However, you should consider the following recommendation:
Contact with water should be kept to a minimum. If you take a shower you should close the operated eye and you should not swim under water, e.g. in a swimming pool.
In the first weeks you should avoid sports where there is a possibility of a blunt eye trauma, e.g. soccer, tennis or squash. For other sports, such as cycling or jogging, please protect your eyes during the day by wearing regular glasses or sunglasses.
In the first days you should also avoid dusty environments.
If any of the following occur, you should immediately contact your ophthalmologist:
- Sudden pain in the operated eye
- Any unusual headaches and nausea
- Heavy reddening of operated eye
- Flashes of light, “eye floaters” or shadows in the eye