Cataract surgery only takes approximately 10 minutes. When your elderly loved one wakes up from the sedation, their eye will probably feel quite sensitive and even scratchy. As the eye has time to heal, those feelings should go away. Their doctor will put a shield over their eye to protect it during the healing process. Your elderly loved one will also get sunglasses to wear on the way home. They can expect to head home about an hour after their surgery.
It is important to know that your elderly loved one can’t drive after their cataract surgery. They need someone to drive them home. If you can’t do this, you can always see if one of their caregivers can do so.
If your elderly loved one’s doctor gives them permission to do so, they can take their eyeshield off a few hours after their surgery. At this time, their vision will probably still be blurry or cloudy. This is because their eye needs time to get used to not having the cataract in their eye. In time, their vision should start getting better.
It is also normal for the eyes to be bloodshot after cataract surgery. Within about 3 days following the surgery, this symptom should subside. It might look like your elderly loved one has a black eye, as well. This is due to the anesthesia injection that was used during the surgery. This will heal up just like any other bruise would.
Within hours after having the surgery, your elderly loved one can use their computer, watch a television show, and take a shower. They might notice that the colors are brighter. This is because cataracts cause the eyes to see a yellow or brown tinge. Without cataracts, colors become more vibrant and clear.
After your elderly loved one gets cataract surgery, their eye is vulnerable. Do your best to help your elderly loved one avoid getting wind, dust, or other irritants in their eye. They shouldn’t go swimming, wear make-up, use a hot tub, or touch their eye during the healing process. This will take around 1 week.