Cataract surgery has changed dramatically over the last 20 years. Many patients remember the days when the operation required a hospital stay of several days with the patient’s head in sandbags and weeks of recovery. Retinal detachment was a frequent complication and thick aphakic glasses were necessary for clear vision. Today's cataract surgery is totally different. The operation is now done on an outpatient basis, usually only a two to three hour stay.
New glasses, if necessary, are prescribed two to three weeks after surgery. If the second eye has a cataract it can be done within three to four weeks.Whether or not glasses are needed depends on the implant lens chosen.
Complications are rare and the success rate is in excess of 95%.The cataract will not grow back after surgery.However, the membrane, which supports the intraocular lens implant, can become cloudy in some patients months or years later.If this occurs, a simple laser treatment is all that is necessary to restore clear vision.