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What To Expect After Cataract Surgery

When my husband needed cataract surgery, I struggled to find information on after-care. This article is the result of my hours of research.

It's tempting to think you can plunge straight back into normal life. But don't!

It's tempting to think you can plunge straight back into normal life. But don't!

If you've just had cataract surgery, you may be feeling a little confused. These days it's a walk-in, walk-out procedure, and you may go straight back to work the next day. On the other hand, you've probably been given a leaflet telling you to take a whole range of precautions for the next several days, weeks, or even months.

So, should you treat yourself with kid gloves or not?

Understandably, doctors want to downplay the risks of cataract surgery; why make patients needlessly anxious when most people sail through with no complications? But you only have one set of eyes; it's important to know what you can and can't do and what's worth worrying about.

Take It Easy!

After cataract surgery, your eye may feel gritty or sore. But otherwise, you'll feel like your normal self—with the bonus that the world suddenly looks bright and sparkling! So it's tempting to think you can plunge straight back into normal life.

Don't! You've just undergone incredibly delicate eye surgery. Even though you can't see it and may not be able to feel it, you now have a wound in your eye that needs to heal. You may have tiny stitches and you don't want them to burst! The new lens isn't securely embedded in place yet, and you don't want it to be jolted out of position (because that will leave you with blurry vision forever). You also don't want to do anything that might cause swelling or bleeding behind the eye.

Although it takes a couple of months for your eye to fully heal, it's in the first week or two that you have to be most careful.

Don't Get Your Head Wet!

Exposing your eyes to water after recent surgery can lead to infection. Extra care in the bathroom is important.

Precautions for Showering and Bathing

Bacteria are everywhere in our lives. If you're healthy, that's not a problem—but if you have a wound, bacteria can enter and cause an infection. Although it's been carefully made and carefully stitched, the incision in your eye is still a wound, so you need to avoid anything that might harbour harmful bacteria.

Even clean water may contain bacteria—or it can wash bacteria from your skin into your eye. Keep your face out of the shower for the first week, not just to avoid getting water in your eyes but also to avoid any need to rub or press on them (think about it: what's the first thing you do after you've dunked your face underwater?).

Strategies for Self-Care

You can use baby wipes or make-up wipes to clean your face until you're allowed to put your head under the shower.

Of course, that means you also can't wash your hair. Most surgeons recommend you don't wash your hair at all for the first two or three days. After that, they'll only allow you to wash it with your head tilted backwards so the water runs away from your face. If that's a problem at home, you may need to go to a hairdresser's.

It also means absolutely no swimming and especially no hot tubs for the first two weeks. Swimming pools and spas are loaded with bacteria: that's why they have to be constantly dosed with chlorine and other chemicals. The hotter the water, the more likely there are bacteria in the water, and you cannot afford to get them anywhere near your eye! Contamination in seawater is also commonplace, so sea bathing is out of the question too.

When Can I Go Back to the Gym?

Although a few doctors say you can go straight back to normal after surgery, most surgeons recommend NO exertion for the first week. That includes any kind of exercise, including all sports, no matter how gentle.

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After a week, you can start gentle activities, such as walking or lawn bowls.

You must wait at least two weeks before restarting any vigorous exercise such as aerobics, contact sports or weight training.

If you're an exercise nut or a keen sportsman, you may be tempted to ignore these restrictions—but isn't it better to miss out on a couple of weeks' exercise than risk your sight? Think about the impact of your foot on the pavement when you run and how that jarring transmits through your body to your eye. Imagine the feeling of pressure in your body when you lift a heavy weight: That transmits to your eye, too.

Working Post-Surgery

More importantly, if you work in a job that involves physical exertion—even if it's babysitting the grandkids —let your surgeon know. Because most cataract patients are retired, doctors often forget to ask what you do for a living. Even if they know you're working, they may assume an older person isn't doing a physically demanding job. That's why one grandma didn't know that picking up her hefty young grandson would tear her stitches and require another operation!

If your work involves lifting heavy objects, digging, or any other physical activity, you may have to take one or two weeks of sick leave or request light duties for the two weeks after your op.

Are you unsure about having sex after cataract surgery?

Are you unsure about having sex after cataract surgery?

When Can I Have Sex After Cataract Surgery?

Many people are too shy to ask their surgeon when they can resume sex after cataract surgery. And if you're in an older age bracket, the doctor may (wrongly) assume it doesn't apply!

The most common advice is that you can resume "gentle" sexual relations one week after surgery. Unfortunately, there's no explanation of what that means!

Remember that for the first two weeks, you're only allowed to go walking or bowling. Are you more vigorous in the sack than that? Be honest, now! For the average active male, a two-week wait would be more realistic and much safer. However, the best solution is to pluck up the nerve to ask your own surgeon!

Housework and Gardening

With your newly acquired eyesight, you're probably horrified at the dust and debris you couldn't see before—but hold your horses!

  • Bending over at the waist (weeding, scrubbing floors) puts too much pressure on the eye, so you need to be patient and put up with it for a couple more weeks.
  • Garden soil is absolutely chockful of bacteria, so you need to stay well away from it.
  • You must not lift anything over 15 lbs for the first few weeks; someone else may have to take out the trash.
Don't mow the lawn after cataract surgery

Don't mow the lawn after cataract surgery

Protecting Your Eyes

It's not a good idea to mow the lawn after cataract surgery, because mowing sends so much debris and dust into the air. If you must, wear wraparound sunglasses or goggles to avoid any risk of grass blades, sticks, or soil blowing into your eye.

My husband used wrap around safety goggles made by TR Industrial. He sweats a lot and often complains that any safety goggles he wears fog up too quickly. These seem to keep clear during his yard work better than other brands he's used.

In fact, it's a good idea to wear sunglasses whenever you go outside. If you wore glasses before the op, you've probably forgotten how easy it is to get something in your eye on a windy day! Even a tiny speck of dirt or dust can be contaminated, so don't take chances.

Post-Surgery Symptoms: Gritty or Dry Eyes

It's normal for your eyes to feel scratchy or a little tender after surgery. You may feel as though you have debris or grit in your eye. You should only worry if your pain gets worse or if your vision starts deteriorating.

Another common symptom—which surgeons often don't tell you about—is "dry eye". Usually it's just a temporary reaction to the post-operative eye drops. If you have dry eye, you may feel itchiness or grittiness, or you may just have an odd sensation of tightness. It will help to avoid air-conditioning and keep off the PC; staring at a computer screen is a common cause of dry eye, even in people who haven't had surgery!

Treating Dry Eye

If it's severe, though, it can be painful, and it could even affect your vision. Don't panic: there are some very effective treatments available over-the-counter!

If you're still taking the post-op eye drops, don't take over-the-counter drops without asking your doctor first—they might interfere with the prescribed drops.

Once you've finished the prescribed drops, you'll probably find the dry eye gradually settles down over the next few months as your eye continues to heal. You can buy lubricating eye drops, which will help ease the dryness and help with healing (a properly lubricated eye heals faster than a dry one).

Ordinary eye drops for contact lenses, sore eyes, or redness aren't long-lasting enough. Look for products labelled specifically "for dry eye." A few people are sensitive to the preservatives in bottled eye drops; in that case, look for single-dose ampoules.

If you're still suffering from dry eye four or five months after the operation, you may be one of the unlucky ones for whom it's a result of the procedure. A visit to your surgeon is in order, but you will likely have to use the lubricating drops long-term.

Be a Patient Patient!

Cataract surgery may be a walk-in, walk-out surgery—but it's still surgery. It takes a couple of months for your eye to fully heal. Be patient with yourself and best wishes for your recovery!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

Questions & Answers

Question: What is the adjustment period for multifocal intraocular lenses after cataract surgery?

Answer: I have been told that it varies widely depending on the exact type of the lens and the patient. However, the majority of patients will adapt to their new multifocal lenses within 6 to 12 months.

There is a small portion of patients who will never adapt to these lenses. Speak with your doctor if you are at all concerned with how you are progressing during your recovery and adaptation period.

Question: How long after cataract surgery should I use antibiotic eye drops?

Answer: There is not an exact answer for this as it can depend on the type of medication, the procedure itself, and other factors.

As an example, however, most doctors will instruct you to use them four times a day for a week after IOL (intraocular lens) surgery. For LRI (Limbal Relaxing Incisions) surgery it is usually four times a day for at least two weeks.

However, you need to find out from your doctor exactly what you need to do for your specific situation, and for the specific type of antibiotics that he provides to you. There is a very important reason for this. If you use antibiotic eye drops for less than the optimal amount of time, it may not kill all the bacteria present and cause a far worse condition in your eye.

This is not something you should take lightly and not something you should guess on. You need to get this answer directly from your doctor. The above-stated instructions are just an example of what some doctors will recommend to their patients and should not be taken in any way as instructions that are appropriate for your situation. Talk to your doctor!

Question: After cataract surgery, it seems like I’m looking downhill. Why?

Answer: What you describe is very common after having cataract surgery. It is a specific type of distortion of the image as it is coming into your eye.

This is completely normal and will usually go away as your eye adapts to the intraocular lens (IOL) that was inserted. Talk to your doctor to ensure that your eye is adapting correctly to the IOL lens.

For most patients I have talked to, this clears up within a few weeks after surgery.

It is important to speak to your doctor about this if it is at all unexpected since different types of IOL can react differently during the healing process with certain individuals.

Question: What causes the glow in the eyes of people with cataract surgery?

Answer: This is a very common issue after cataract surgery. Or, at least some people consider it an issue while others are not bothered at all by it.

The additional glow or light in the eyes that is often visible in the eyes of someone who had cataract surgery is a result of reflections of light from the acrylic material in the intra-ocular lens that is used. Many people are startled by the increased "shine" coming from their eyes, even in low light situations. Some have even likened it to animal eyes that glow in the dark.

Remember though that this increased reflection of light in the eye after cataract surgery is merely a function of the lens that was inserted and is purely cosmetic. It does not affect the vision of the person who had the surgery, but even so, some find themselves self-conscious about this change.

Many surgeons will not tell you that there is actually a choice in lenses that can be used and some will be less prone to this. If this is a concern of yours, make sure you ask your doctor ahead of time about your options in the type of lens that is used.

If you have already had cataract surgery and wish to fix this issue, the only option is to undergo another surgery to exchange lenses.

Question: When can I start wearing eye make up again after cataract surgery?

Answer: This depends on your specific situation, and you should get this answer from your doctor.

In general, however, you should definitely not wear any makeup for at least 1 to 2 weeks after cataract surgery. Some patients will have to wait for much longer than that depending on their specific situation (up to a month or more).

Don't rush wearing makeup as it is important to allow your eyes time to heal properly first.

Question: Is it common to have a dilated pupil 24 hours after cataract surgery?

Answer: Yes, this is normal. Although much of this depends on the specific type of IOL (intraocular lens) that was used during the procedure. In fact, for some lenses, it is common to have a dilated pupil for a week or more after cataract surgery.

Your doctor may provide you with pupil constricting eye drops to use until your pupils begin to remain at their normal size on their own.

To find out if what you are experiencing is typical for the type of lens that was used in your procedure, you will need to speak with your doctor.

Question: Can the cornea get swollen from cataract surgery?

Answer: Yes! Swelling of the cornea, also known as "corneal edema" is very common after cataract surgery. This possible side effect of cataract surgery is most common in those 50 years of age or older.

Some early symptoms of cornea swelling are:

- Seeing increase halos around lights (especially at night).

- Increased sensitivity to light.

- Blurred vision. Especially in the morning hours.

If you are experiencing this, please see a specialist to make sure that it is not a sign of a serious issue that needs to be addressed.

Question: Can I get a massage after cataract surgery?

Answer: Most doctors will recommend that you limit strenuous physical activity for at least a week following cataract surgery but light activity is acceptable.

I would think that receiving (not giving) a massage would be considered light activity, at most. I would avoid any deep tissue massages or any exotic types of massage that may cause you to sweat. Sweating could cause you to wipe your eyes out of instinct.

This is my (non-professional) opinion based on what I have been told and what I have researched. To find out for sure, you'll need to speak with your doctor.

Question: Is seeing black dots or floaters normal after cataract surgery?

Answer: Yes, this is very common and is experienced by many people after cataract surgery. The term for this is "posterior vitreous detachment." This will generally fade within a few months after surgery.

However, if a very rapid and sudden onset of floaters occurs during the recovery process, you should consult with your doctor to rule out more serious complications, such as detachment of the retina.

Question: Is a fluttering in the operative eye normal after cataract surgery?

Answer: Yes, fluttering is fairly normal. Your eye just went through a lot! The eye twitching is often caused by an increased sensitivity to light (this is called photophobia) which is to be expected after cataract surgery.

However, it can also be caused by inflammation, eye pain, or dry eyes. Your doctor can give you medication to help reduce these symptoms if they are exceptionally bothersome.

Usually, fluttering will be gone entirely in a few days, and your eye will be healed in a few weeks. If you are at all concerned, contact your doctor.

© 2010 Kate Swanson


Arlene Baker on February 25, 2020:

I had surgery on right eye yesterday, woke up this morning and cannot see out of it?? is this normal

? It has scared the crap out of me

Laura Cook on October 25, 2018:

My eye surgeon says mt eye lens where I had cataract surgery several years ago needs cleaning and is very simple. Is this nor All?

Glen Gray on June 20, 2018:

When can you fly after cataract surgery?

Phyllis Wilson on June 05, 2018:

My mother had surgery yesterday. Cataract removal with an "upgraded" lens. This morning she can only see light. No images at all. Follow up with surgeon didn't relieve her fears. Good her sometimes it takes more time. No real answers. Is this "normal"?

Brenda Ferguson on May 05, 2018:

I had cataract surgery two days ago and my face it swollen around the eye. Is this normal?

Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on January 14, 2018:

OK then give it time.

Neos727 on January 14, 2018:

The surgeon said after performing a scan, is a swell behind the eye and new drops would help to get back to normal. He also said that the three drops prescribed after surgery are for preventing infections and swelling. The follow up drops were specifically for swelling.

Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on January 13, 2018:

I can't understand how drops would be connected to this problem. The drops are provided to protect against the risk of infection. I would suggest getting a second opinion from another surgeon.

Sometimes there is debris left behind after a cataract operation, especially if the cataract was brittle.

Neos727 on January 13, 2018:

My second eye got cataract surgery surgery early September last year. In the few weeks after the surgery I noticed a spot 10 or 15 mm long and wide while using the computer. It was dark greenish grey. By the time I got to the 4th week that was the monthly visit to surgeon I told him this and he said that it may go away with time and prescribed more and different drops which I just finished. But... the spot still here, smaller and a lot less noticeable but still blind, that is I can not see that area.

Now... the surgeon blamed me that I did not use the drops following the surgery correct and not long enough because drops finished before the month and I should have asked for more.

So... drops after surgery are important and should be carefully applied according to their instructions, read the leaflet.

Some Doctors are not great communicators, he hasn't given me any hint that I should ask for more drops should they finish early. When I visited my GP he said that the surgeon's letter said that the spot may be permanent or may go away in time and prescribed more drops.

Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on January 13, 2018:

It depends what kind of lens they implanted. If you had a distance lens implanted, then you should have excellent vision for viewing the landscape or driving, but you'll need glasses to see the computer. Is that what you're finding?

Patty Auten on January 12, 2018:

I had surgery 5 months ago and my eye seems worse now then it did before I had the surgery, My eye is blurry, I have a hard time reading, using the computer, it drives me nuts. Is this normal?

Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on November 23, 2017:

Yes it could be

Mae Homans on November 23, 2017:

Have not had the feeling for the whole 6 months, probably 2-3 months. Could this be an allergy, I do a lot of sneezing.

Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on November 22, 2017:

Is this a new feeling, something that has just started? If so, it has nothing to do with the cataract surgery.

If you've had that feeling for the whole six months, then you should go back and see your surgeon.

Mae Homans on November 22, 2017:

Why do my eyes feel tight, or swollen, tho do not appear so, 6 months after cataract surgery

Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on October 29, 2017:

Yinia, if you have pain in your eye, you must see your doctor.

Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on August 04, 2017:

What is your vision like in the eye that's been operated on? It should be very clear, but what you can see depends what kind of lens they used.

You can try getting an eye patch and putting it over the "blind" eye.

Arewedoneyet on August 04, 2017:

Hi. Had my first cataract eye done yesterday and just wondering - until my other eye is done, how am I supposed to see? I'm really 'blind' as in -875 in the other eye. I punched out the lense in the no surgery eye but it didnt help. Any suggestions?

crazytrousers on June 25, 2017:

Thank you Maria. I will follow that advice and keep to low impact cardio on a stationery bike for a couple of weeks.

Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on June 24, 2017:

I would wait the full two weeks before starting your running again. Don't underestimate the force when your foot hits the ground!

crazytrousers on June 24, 2017:

Hi- this article and comments are by far the most informative I have found so far. Thank you. Had cataract surgery on my left eye last weds. Been issued a 2 week sick note which us helpful as I am a secondary teacher. I am a keen runner and lift weights 3 x a week. I am planning to take 2 weeks out of the gym and do gentle to moderate cardiovascular exercise on a stationery bike at home.I am 50 btw.

When do you think it may be safe to resume running please? I usually do at least 2 x 10k runs each week.

Glenn Stok from Long Island, NY on February 27, 2017:

Wow, thanks Marisa. That's an important additional piece of information. And it makes sense – trying to remove a brittle lens. I can see how that can cause trouble. (No pun intended).

I didn't mention in my prior comment, but my doctor was actually pushing me to get it done sooner. Now I know possibly why. I thought I'd just go until I couldn't deal with it any longer, but I'm glad for your explanation and advice.

Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on February 27, 2017:

Yes, but only for a short time!

One thing to note about cataract surgery - delaying it is not necessarily a good thing. Cataracts become more brittle over time. A long-established cataract has more risk of complications than a "young" one. I'm guessing yours are not mature enough to remove yet, but once they are, you shouldn't put it off.

Glenn Stok from Long Island, NY on February 26, 2017:

I'm appproching that time in my life. My ophthalmologist says I am probably going to want cataract surgery done within two years based on how it's progressing. So I've been educating myself to be ready.

I found your article extremely informative and I learned something from you that I didn't read anywhere else — That having to do with avoiding showers and getting water in the eyes after the surgery.

I am so used to splashing water on my face in the morning, and I realize now that's something I'm going to have to change.

Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on January 29, 2017:

I suggest you contact your surgeon and ask him, but I doubt it would cause any trouble.

Ali Li on January 29, 2017:

I accidentally applied eye lubricant ointment to the affected eye 4 days earlier than ordered. Will it cause severe damage to my operated eye? Thank you.

Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on November 19, 2016:

Glue is a recognised alternative to stitches. no problem.

Neos727 on November 18, 2016:

Thanks for this article. It explains a lot thinks. I went looking for a reason why should not get the eye wet after one of my friends asked "what about if you cry tears will get it wet?!!!"

I have done the first eye some 10 days ago and the surgeon next day said I am fit to drive and of course all the cautions, don't get it wet for 2 weeks, don't lift heavy things, don't forget the drops, come back in one month.

I asked questions about how the wound will be fixed. He said no stitches were to be used but glue, which is better safer and quicker. No other explanation.

Any comments on this glue?

Neos also from Sydney

Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on September 27, 2016:

It's safe to resume most exercise after two or three weeks. I would be a bit cautious about hanging the head below the knees for a bit longer, but there are lots of yoga poses that don't require that - just let the teacher know and if they're any good, they'll be able to suggest alternatives. The eyes should be fully healed after two months.

cwsmith102016 on September 27, 2016:

I have had cataracts removed from both eyes in the last 5 weeks. I am 50. I am very happy with the results but am not clear on when I can resume all yoga poses. Surgeon specifically told me after 1st surgery not to do poses requiring me to hang my head below my knees but did not tell me for how long and post surgery instructions had no specifics. As many have commented, I think they are so used to dealing with older, possibly less active, people that they just don't give complete instructions to others. I would really hate to mess things up by resuming these activities too soon but am also feeling like a slug after 5 weeks of not practicing yoga. Any advice?

Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on September 21, 2016:

That's most people's experience, complications are actually quite rare and most people feel pretty good after the op. As you say, it's a dangerous way to feel as it's very tempting to plunge straight back into daily life! That's the main reason I wrote this article.

vmills on September 21, 2016:

You have provided excellent advice in this article. After two successful surgeries, I now have excellent vision and my eyes feel good. So the tendency is to forget that they are still both healing. That could be a costly error. Hopefully, the people who read your article will follow your advice.

Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on September 04, 2016:

Nirdicweaver - go back to your surgeon and let them know. It may be debris left over from the operation which is clouding your vision slightly.

Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on September 04, 2016:

Patti, I'm so sorry for the delay in replying as I've been on vacation. Yes, it is quite common to get motion sickness when you've had only one eye "done". Take things gently, it probably won't feel better until you get the second eye fixed I'm afraid.

Nirdicweaver on September 04, 2016:

I had cataract surgery 3 weeks ago, and on the second eye one week ago. Now my first eye is not as sharp as it first was. It was sooooo clear, but now it's not. I wonder if something is wrong. I can't see anyone over this long Labor Day weekend.

Patti Ferrell on September 03, 2016:

is it common to experience nausea like motion sickness when having "one" eye have cataract surgery with a lens implant. Right eye had cataract removed, astigmatism corrected, and Toric lens implant. Things are not clear and for instance when walking the floor seems higher? and it makes me nauseous and dizzy pls advise. Thanks Patti

Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on August 20, 2016:

It is possible that the lens has shifted due to the fall. You need to tell the doctors in the hospital that she had just had the cataract op. Also call the eye surgeon and let him know what has happened.

Lady Tracy on August 19, 2016:

Omg! My Mother has just had one cataract done and awaiting the other. She is in hospital after a terrible fall and all she keeps saying is she cannot see after this procedure and she deffo cannot I realise now and no one including myself has taken any notice of what she's saying please can you help to guide me in the right direction to sort this out for her. I feel absolutely terrible. Many thanks

Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on August 12, 2016:

Yes that's a short time. They are essential to ensure the safety of your eyes so don't worry about it

Nirdicweaver on August 11, 2016:

Ciprofloxacin is for one week, and the durozol is tapered down for a month. Then 2 weeks later it's the same thing again for the second eye. Is that still considered a short time period? Please let me know. I read somewhere on the Internet that these drugs enter the body through the tear ducts. And I was afraid of GI problems and things like that. That's what worried me. Thank you for your help. I greatly appreciate it! My first surgery is scheduled for this coming Monday. I hope it goes well.

Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on August 11, 2016:

Yes it could cause stress and you should avoid it. However the danger period is only in that first two weeks or so, perhaps you could use an alternative laxative during that period.

Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on August 11, 2016:

Taken as tablets, those medications can have side effects - but in eye drops, you're taking a MUCH smaller amount and they are not going through the gut, so the risk of side effects is hugely less. Also you'll be taking them for a very short period of time. If you've had ciprofloxacin antibiotics before and had a reaction, let your doctor know as it would be best to take something else.

Nirdicweaver on August 11, 2016:

In addition to the medication reaction question, what about straining on the toilet? Sometimes I have constipation that isn't immediately relieved with stool softeners. Does occasional straining cause any harm? This is just my normal nature.

Nirdicweaver on August 11, 2016:

I'm concerned about the eye drops I need to take. Ciprofloxacin and durozol. Do these go systemic that can cause a sever allergic reaction?

Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on August 10, 2016:

Here's another "office" lens which might work for you

Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on August 10, 2016:

Here's another "office" lens which might work for you

Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on August 10, 2016:

Here's another "office" lens which might work for you

Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on August 10, 2016:

Annie, I think your specialist and optician are missing an important point - you don't need perfect vision!

I wear contact lenses and I "need" a 0.5 correction for distance in my right eye. But I don't even wear a lens in that eye any more, because it's a waste of money - I don't even notice the tiny loss of distance vision. So that's what I'd recommend you do - it won't do your eyes any harm. I'm sure you'll find it doesn't bother you in day-to-day living.

If you want to be really safe, then you could continue wearing your multifocals for driving - just leave them in the car! Or you could look at getting some "sunglass readers" - ordinary sunglasses with a section for reading set into the bottom.

Now for close vision. There is a new lens designed specifically for office work - they're sometimes called "computer glasses". Nikon do one:

You would wear these at your desk, but when you go outside you'd just take them off and put them in your pocket.

Annie2016 on August 10, 2016:

I had cataract surgery for both eyes, last eye done two months ago.

The implant lenses are both for distance.

Before the cataract surgery, I used to wear progressive eyeglasses, for a decade, with total easiness.

Now, I need also progressive eyeglasses, just 0.5 for distance, with minus 1 astigmatism and 2.5 for reading.

I tried to make the eyeglasses at the same shop as before, using the exact the same type of lens as before, and same technology.

The eyeglasses don't work.

The middle corridor for intermediate use (computer) is very narrow (one inch, that's all it is).

Distance is fine, and reading is acceptable. Just intermediate distance is horrible. I have to settle to just see blurry outside the little bubble of clearness. This is very unpleasant as I have to work with two computer screens, and having to communicate with colleagues as well (10 feet away).

I have been told that I should just keep trying to get used to them.

I changed the first pair of eyeglasses, as I couldn't get used to them.

The second pair is better, but still un-wearable.

After five days of wearing continually the glasses, the state of irritation induced by them was too much to bear (I had to work, too).

The frame is big and wide.

I am told I need three pairs of glasses, for each distance, one.

As I am relatively young (50 years) I cannot see myself walking around with three pairs of eyeglasses around my neck.

I don't know what to believe/do

Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on August 08, 2016:

Nice to hear from you! Yes, you will be amazed at how bright everything looks!

Steve Andrews from Tenerife on August 08, 2016:

Hi Marisa! I have just been reading this because I will be having cataract surgery towards the end of this month on one eye and the other at some point after that which I will be advised about. Much as I hate operations, I am looking forward to this because it will be so wonderful to see properly again!

Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on August 04, 2016:

No, once healed there is no reason why you should limit high intensity exercise.

kimpassa22 on August 04, 2016:

thanks for your reply Marisa. I know that post surgery I won't be able to do any exercise for a few weeks but I would like to know if long term there is any problem with high intensity exercise?

Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on August 03, 2016:

If you are having lens replacement then you need to take exactly the same precautions as you do after cataract surgery. So, no intense workouts or very physical activities for at least two weeks.

kimpassa22 on August 03, 2016:

I am planning on having lens replacement so that I don't have to wear reading glasses, I am 55. Is there any ongoing problems, after recovering if I am doing very physical activities and intense workouts at the gym?

Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on May 10, 2016:

My experience is limited but as I understand it, the reason cataract surgery helps is that the artificial lens takes up less space than the original lens, which will obviously reduce the pressure in the eye. I wouldn't expect it to be a complete cure, though.

nika36 on May 09, 2016:

Thank you for the quick response :-) Do you have any info about shallow Anterior Chamber and narrow angle glaucoma attack. Will cataract surgery take care of it completely or will she need iridotomy?

I found some good articles on the net; would like to hear personal experience if anyone has had the condition and what treatment was done. Thank you!

Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on May 09, 2016:

Nika, if your mother already has mild cataracts, they are going to get worse as she ages, and she will have to have the operation eventually. Better to have it now than in her seventies or eighties when she may not be so fit.

nika36 on May 09, 2016:

Thank you Marisa for this extremely helpful article. My mom was recently diagnosed with very shallow Anterior Chamber both eyes and at risk for sudden glaucoma attack. Eye surgeon recommended cataract surgery to alleviate the same. Eye pressure was 14 and vision is good with glasses. She is 68 yrs, hyperopic (+4.00), has mild cataracts and is generally in good health. We are getting one eye cataract surgery done this week.

Has anyone had a similar condition? Any words of advice or caution? The diagnosis was a surprise and I feel like we panicked and rushed to schedule the surgery. Your input is much appreciated.

Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on May 04, 2016:

I'm so sorry Patricia, your comment went to spam for some reason. The "pink haze" is due to swelling of the retina and it's quite common. It should be all settled down by now - if it's not, go back and see your surgeon.

The loss of peripheral vision is more of a worry. If you had a peripheral vision test at some time before the surgery, it would be good to repeat the test and compare the results. If there really is a difference, I'd say it needs investigation.

Patricia Zeal on April 23, 2016:

I had my right eye done for cataracts a year ago. Everything went well. JUst had my left eye done 4 days ago with a different doc who is always rushing & so impersonal. I wasn't told to expect a pink glow on everything for a while. They did a poor job of educating people. It boggles my mind why EVERYTHING isn't typed out on paper after doing the darn surgeries for countless years. It's total incompetence and a lack of caring. They even neglected to tell me to remove my contact lens for a week before the surgery. In any event, how long can I expect the pink haze to last? They told me a few days to a week, but I can't rely on anything they say any longer. How common is the pink haze? And why didn't I get it the 1st time?

I do think though that I have lost some peripheral vision in both eyes after the surgeries. Kinda feels as if the lenses are too small for my eyes. That's the best way I can explain it.

Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on March 27, 2016:

Lesley, I've found surgeons are not good at explaining things to patients, and some don't even know themselves! It's why I wrote this article - when my husband had his surgery done, he got such vague instructions I didn't k