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What can I expect to occur after cataract surgery? I have heard horror stories and I am a little uneasy about the surgery.

In the vast majority of cases, the postoperative course is very comfortable, so discomfort should be minimal. Most patients don't require pain medications and at most have a slight foreign body feeling from the incision which usually clears in a few hours. The vision the next day can be excellent or at times cloudy, depending on the amount of swelling (edema) in the cornea. This swelling usually clears in a few days, and most patients see quite well in a few days. Patients with mild cataracts generally have very little swelling. Very dense cataracts require more energy to remove, and this can produce more swelling in the cornea.

Answered by: James Salz, MDDr. James Salz

Categories: Eye Diseases, Cataracts, Eye Surgery

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Answered: Nov 23, 2010

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