Cataract surgery is a procedure to remove the lens of the eye and replace it with an artificial lens. Cataract surgery is needed when a cataract causes the lens to become cloudy which affects the vision. Cataract surgery in Singapore is one of the most common eye surgeries in Singapore as almost all those above the age of 60 years old will have some kind of cataract progression in their eyes. Here are some frequently asked questions about cataract surgery in Singapore.
1. How long does it take to see clearly after cataract surgery?
The majority of patients can see clearly within 24 hours of the surgery and the sight will progressively get better within the first week of recovery. The eyes will make a complete recovery within 2 to 3 months of the surgery. Your eyes should feel comfortable and vision should be completely cleared.
2. Can you be alone after cataract surgery, or do you need someone to accompany you?
It is strongly advisable for you not to be alone after cataract surgery. You will need a family member or friend to accompany you and take you home after the surgery. It is necessary as your vision will still be slightly blurry and it is not safe to be alone.
3. Does cataract surgery give you 20 20 Vision?
Most people do get 20/20 vision after cataract surgery. However, there will be a small percentage of people who choose a monofocal IOL which would still require the need of corrective lenses after surgery. As long as there are not no conditions that can affect the quality of vision after the cataract surgery, the patient will have perfect vision.
4. Can I watch TV or use a handphone right after cataract surgery?
You can watch TV or use your phone right after cataract surgery but things may just look blurry. Your eyes may be strained from the brightness due to the sensitivity after the surgery. Therefore, it is better to sleep to rest your eyes instead of watching TV or using your phone.
5. What are some of the dos and don’ts after cataract surgery?
It is very important to take care of your eyes after the surgery. It is important to continuously apply the prescribed eye drops and protect your eyes by wearing sunglasses whenever you are outdoors for at least a month. It is also necessary to take frequent breaks, especially when doing near vision work. When washing your face or bathing, you should avoid splashing water into the eye and also keep it clean to prevent infections. To speed up the recovery process, you will need to get plenty of sleep.
There are also several things you should not do that could affect your eyes after cataract surgery. Right after the surgery, you should avoid driving. Applying eye makeup or contact lens is also not advisable to keep your eyes clean. It is also important to not rub your eyes or have any exaggerated movements to cause the freshly applied lens to shift from your eyes.
6. Do you still need to wear glasses after cataract surgery?
Generally, there would not be any need to wear glasses for distance vision after cataract surgery as it is taken into account during the surgery. However, it is all dependant on the type of refractive errors and the lens implants you have. In some cases, reading glasses are still needed if you have presbyopia There might be a need for glasses if you have server astigmatism that was not accounted for during the lens implant.