What can I expect from cataract surgery? By Steve Thom MD on March 15, 2021 in Cataract Surgery Cataracts are one of many common issues associated with the natural process of aging. However, this condition can result in the clouding of the eye lens, making it difficult for patients to see clearly and participate in normal daily activities such as reading, driving, or even watching TV. With a proper diagnosis, many patients move forward with treatment which often involves surgical intervention from an ophthalmologist such as Dr. Steve Thom of Thom Eye and Laser Clinic in Fargo, ND. How much time do I need for recovery after cataract surgery? Cataract surgery typically requires patients to take just a few days off of work to recuperate from their surgical procedure. Patients who are still working and have physically demanding jobs may need to take more extended time off after their procedure, as these job fields can increase one’s risk of developing complications post-operatively. During the initial consultation, Dr. Steve Thom can advise patients regarding how much time may need to be taken off from work, school, or other social activities. What should I expect in the first few days following surgery? Many patients find that during the first few days home after their procedure, they deal with sensitivity to light and dry eyes. This type of discomfort is common and will subside as you recover. Patients should also rest their eyes as much as possible following cataract surgery, and utilize the medicated eye drops that are provided to them to reduce inflammation and maintain moisture in the eye for better comfort. Patients who go outdoors after cataract surgery should wear sunglasses, and patients should maintain the use of lubricating eyedrops to avoid discomfort that could lead to itching and rubbing of the eye. Liquid tears should be utilized as needed for several weeks. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Steve Thom toady! Call (701) 235-5200 to request a consultation visit at our Fargo, ND area practice to learn more about cataract surgery and what to expect for recovery. Our team at Thom Eye and Laser Clinic is here to help patients in the community with their vision health needs, and we welcome new and established patients who are ready to change their life with cataract surgery!