Cataract surgery is the only way to correct cataracts. The procedure involves the removal of the natural lens in your eye, which the cataract has made cloudy. Your lens is then replaced by a new one, known as an intraocular lens (IOL). It’s an outpatient procedure. The whole process usually lasts less than 30 minutes.
Each eye surgeon’s procedure may vary slightly, but generally you can expect your surgeon to take the following steps:
Recovery from the procedure is usually very rapid, with most patients resuming normal
activities within 24 hours. After surgery, your surgeon will probably
to you about:
Most surgeons suggest that you don’t drive for 24 hours after surgery. A
stinging or gritty feeling is normal; avoid rubbing or putting pressure on your eyes. Reading, walking, watching TV or other light activities are okay as soon
as you get home, but you should avoid strenuous activity, like heavy lifting, for
at least a week.