Cataract surgery is a simple procedure for patients suffering with cataracts, and it can restore perfect vision to those with no other eye problems. But many people worry about recovery and potential side effects. Here, we’ll discuss the possibility of blurred vision after cataract surgery, what you can expect, and what to do if it happens.
How cataract surgery works
Cataracts are a very common problem that many people encounter as they age. Individuals will experience cloudy vision caused by changes in the lens (the part of your eye responsible for focusing light).
Cataract surgery works by removing the cloudy lens and inserting a transparent, artificial lens to clear up the mistiness and restore sight. Premium lens combinations include multifocal and/or trifocal lenses as well as toric lenses.
What to expect following surgery
The surgery is a routine procedure that only takes a matter of minutes. Most people’s vision takes between 24-48 hours to return to normal, and you may experience blurred vision or see things in soft focus while your eyesight settles. Some people may take longer to get used to the implanted lens; up to 1-2 weeks is still considered normal.
When undergoing cataract surgery, some patients opt for a special type of lens combination known as monovision. This combines one near-vision IOL (inter-ocular lens) and one distance-vision lens, offering extra visual range. For patients who have had monovision lenses inserted, blurred vision following surgery might last a little longer (6-8 weeks or more), as your eyes adjust to the change. While your vision is still settling, it’s important to avoid driving.
Treatment for blurry vision
Blurred vision after cataract surgery is completely normal as your eyes recover. In most cases, no treatment is required and your vision will return to normal within a day or two. You will have a follow-up appointment the day after surgery to check that your recovery is going well as well as another aftercare appointment a week later. This provides an opportunity for your surgeon to check your vision and address any concerns you may have.
If blurred vision persists, you may need to wear spectacles to focus your vision until the blurriness subsides. If you begin to experience blurred vision over time following your cataract procedure, your prescription may have changed. If so, it’s easy to treat with a simple surgical procedure known as laser or lens enhancement.
Taking care of your vision
This week (18-24 September) it’s National Eye Health Week – a good opportunity to remind everyone to take good care of their vision.
Cataracts are extremely common, with as many as 60% of the population experiencing this visual complication as they reach their 60s. The vital thing to remember is: it can be treated, quickly and easily, and the treatment will revolutionise your life. If you have any concerns about your eye health, or simply haven’t had an eye test for a while, book an appointment with your specialist today.
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