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  • What is the success rate for cataract surgery?

    Over 95 percent of the more than 3 million cataract surgeries performed in the U.S. each year result in improved vision without complications.1

  • Are there any visual side effects?

    As your eyes heal in the days following surgery, you may experience various visual disturbances, such as glare and halos (rings around light sources) in certain lighting conditions. This is normal and usually subsides over time.

  • Can I speed up the recovery process?

    There will always be a necessary recovery process, but ask your doctor about activities that can help accelerate the adjustment period.

  • When can I expect to achieve visual recovery?

    Most people notice a significant improvement in their vision and can resume everyday activities within 24 hours after cataract surgery. However, depending on which intraocular lens you have implanted, it can take between two to six months to completely adjust and for you to achieve your optimal vision.

  • What is the lifespan of an intraocular lens?

    IOLs are made of durable material, so it’s rare that they need to be replaced.

  1. Surgery Education Council. Cataract Surgery. http://eyesurgeryeducation.org/surgery-options-cataract-about.php.Accessed July 24, 2012.

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