What to expect after cataract surgery

After cataract surgery, expect your vision to be blurry and improve over the next few days.

Colors may seem brighter after your surgery because you are looking through a new, clear lens. A cataract is usually yellow- or brown-tinted before surgery, muting the look of colors.

You will usually see Dr. Shin 1-2 days after surgery, at 1 week, and at 1 month to monitor healing.

It’s normal to feel itching and mild discomfort for a couple of days after surgery. Avoid rubbing or pushing on your eye.

Antibiotic, steroid, and non-steroid anti-inflammatory eye drops will be prescribed to reduce risk of infection, reduce inflammation and control eye pressure.

Complete healing usually occurs after 2 months.

The above photo is corneal edema 1 day after surgery. This causes the vision to be blurrier. Steroid eye drops taken every 2 hours can help speed the recovery.

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