What complications can I expect after cataract surgery?

If you are one of the many Americans suffering from cataracts, blurry vision and light glare is likely disrupting your daily routine. To correct this, many doctors recommend cataract surgery. Cataract surgery is a common and safe procedure that involves removing the lens of the eye and replacing it with an artificial lens. This will remove cloudiness in your vision and allow you to see more clearly.

Before cataract surgery, many people find that they have problems reading, watching television, and carrying out household tasks. Some people feel like they are losing their independence as their vision problems begin and it becomes difficult to cook, do yard work, or climb stairs. You can find out if you are a candidate for cataract surgery by reaching out to an ophthalmologist for a screening. Once it is determined that the procedure is right for you, you will be on your way to clearer vision!

Many people wonder what to expect after cataract surgery. A main concern is if complications or side effects will arise after the procedure is through. While the risks are low, there is an increased chance of complications if you have another preexisting eye disease or medical condition. 

Here are some common side effects that can occur after cataract eye surgery:

I have dry eyes after cataract surgery

Cataract surgery has been found to amplify a pre-existing dry eye condition, as well as induce it in patients who did not have dry eyes prior to the procedure. While dry eyes can be a nuisance, they generally last only a month or so after surgery, and can be easily treated with artificial tears (eyedrops).

My eye is inflamed following my cataract procedure

Redness and swelling are common within two weeks after surgery. Inflammation is usually treated with steroids or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). If you are experiencing inflammation after your cataract surgery, your ophthalmologist will likely prescribe you eyedrops.

Floaters appeared after having cataract surgery

Floaters are shadows cast on the retina of the eye by debris in the vitreous gel. While floaters are common in many eyes, people might start to notice them more after cataract surgery, as their vision becomes clearer. You should contact your doctor if the floaters do not go away, begin to obstruct your vision, or you notice an increase in floaters. This could be a sign of more serious condition, such as a retinal tear or detachment.

I am experiencing light sensitivity after my cataract surgery

Light sensitivity is another common side effect that typically lasts a few days. As mentioned before, cataracts can cause blurriness which filters light that enters the eye. Once this blurriness subsides, the whole world will seem brighter! Sunglasses will help with this side effect.

While these complications can occur after surgery, many of them are easily treated by eye doctors. Your ophthalmologist will schedule several follow up appointments with you to ensure everything is healing as it should and your vision is improving. If you experience other complications, including loss of vision, serious pain or discomfort, or injury to your eye, you should contact your ophthalmologist immediately.

Union City’s Choice for Advanced Cataract Surgery

NeoVision Eye Center has been a working to provide the best vision services to Bay Area patients since 1997. Our ophthalmologist, Dr. Shobha Tandon is an expert in cataract surgery who utilizes cutting-edge techniques and technology — including the LENSX Laser System — in advanced laser-assisted cataract surgery. The advanced femtosecond cataract laser will allow you to see both near and far, without ever needing glasses again! Please contact us for a cataract screening at our Union City location. We’ll be happy to get you on a path to better eyesight.