Cataracts develop frequently in men and womenover the age of 40 years, and it is also a leading cause of vision loss when left untreated. Lens replacement surgery is the usual treatment option. Cataract surgery is typically an uncomplicated procedure that takes about 15 minutes to perform, but what is the recovery like. How long does it take to recover from cataract surgery?
Cataracts – Causes and Symptoms
A cataract is a clouding of the natural lens of the eye, which is usually caused by the deterioration of healthy eye tissue over time. As the tissue breaks down, it clumps together, causing the lens to become cloudy. This prevents light from passing through to the back of the eye. Cataracts can also be caused by an eye injury, or conditions such as diabetes.
Common symptoms of cataracts include double vision, blurred vision, seeing halos around lights, difficulty reading, and sensitivity to light.
Treatment and Recovery
Cataract surgery involves replacing the natural lens with an intraocular (IOL) lens. Most people have a good outcome and experience sharper, clearer vision.
The speed of vision improvement after cataract surgery varies among patients. Some patients notice an immediate improvement, while for others it can take up to 4 weeks.
Immediately after cataract surgery an eye shield is placed over the eye to protect against light and glare.A follow-up visit to the ophthalmologist is usually required a day or two after surgery. Eyedrops are also prescribed to safeguard against infection and inflammation.
The eye should be completely healed within 4 weeks of surgery.
Contact New View Eye Center in Reston, VA serving the DC metro, to learn more about cataract surgery. Call (703)834-9777 today, and set up an appointment with Dr. Griffiths.