How long does it take to recover after cataract surgery?


Cataract surgery nowadays is very advanced thanks to the technology, which makes the surgery itself very controlled, very quick, and very safe. Recovery, therefore, is very quick.

Most patients recover within a couple of days.

We don’t advise you to go back to daily life for another week after the operation.

The first couple of days following the surgery, your eyes feel a bit gritty, and you will find that your vision is recovering gradually. We would not recommend to have any water in the eye or to shower with the eyes open in the first week post surgery.

Gentle exercise is accepted,  and is not a problem after surgery. But normal life activities we’d rather you leave that to a week after the operation.

You will find that the vision continues to improve throughout the four to six weeks after the operation.

It may take six weeks to see the full benefit of the cataract surgery.

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Mr Samer Hamada | Consultant Ophthalmologist and Corneal Surgeon

MD, MSc, DO (hons), FRCSEd, FRCOphth I am Samer Hamada, founder and consultant ophthalmic surgeon with over 20 years’ experience in ophthalmology. I am a world-renowned specialist in cornea, cataract and refractive surgery. I’m not only a leading surgeon but also the only dual fellowship trained in corneal diseases in children from reputable institutions in the UK. At Eye Clinic London I work closely with other consultant ophthalmologists, optometrists and orthoptists to achieve the best outcomes for our patients. Our main aim is to make sure our patients get the safest and best treatments available to them. We put your safety before anything else so you can rest assured that if you choose us you will be in the best and safest hands.

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