Your cataract surgery experience will change the way you see the world – literally. It may take anywhere from a few hours to a week or two for your vision to become clearer and fully settle after your cataract surgery. During that time, be sure to follow your doctor’s instructions to ensure your recovery is smooth and goes as expected. Discover our top things to do before and after your cataract surgery to get the most out of your experience.

Before Cataract Surgery

Take Your Last Family Photo With Glasses

Your life and vision will be forever changed after your cataract surgery – if you opted for an advanced intraocular lens (IOL) you may not need glasses anymore. Make sure you take a few pictures with your glasses on to document your before and after. Not only will you be able to notice a difference in the look of your eyes and the way you see yourself in your photos, look out for the way you smile and the confidence you have with your new-and-improved vision!

Make Your Home Comfortable

After your cataract surgery, you will want to rest once you get home. To make your cataract surgery recovery as comfortable as possible, set up a comfortable place for you to rest and recover for at least a day after surgery. This place should be comfortable and away from any harsh lights, loud noises, or anything else that may disturb your rest.

Complete a Pre-Surgery Mental Checklist

Do you have a friend or family member to drive you to and from your cataract surgery? Is your family prepared to help you during your recovery days? Have you figured out a payment method or plan that works best for you? These are just some of the questions you should have the answers to before your surgery day arrives to minimize your worry.

After Cataracts Surgery

Take a Walk Outside

Most exercise will be off-limits for a period of time after your cataract surgery, so stick to light activity for the first few days. To stretch your legs (and test out your new vision), go for a walk through your neighborhood. Make sure you note the detail of the leaves and the beautiful bright colors that you have been missing out on due to your cataracts. But don’t forget to wear sunglasses – you’ll want to protect your eyes from UV damage and avoid bright sunlight.

Update Your Glasses Prescription

Depending on what type of lens you selected for your cataract surgery, you may need to continue wearing glasses for certain activities, including reading and driving. Since the vision in one or both of your eyes will change, it’s important to update your prescription to match the state of your new vision and meet your eye needs.

Visit Your Local Museum

Having a cataract removed may make colors seem brighter after surgery because you’re looking through a new, clear lens. Taking a visit to your favorite local museum can help you maximize the impact of your new vision. Not only will you be able to see every brushstroke of your favorite paintings more clearly, but colors will appear more vibrant and beautiful than ever.

Write a Letter (or a Text) to a Friend

So many everyday tasks become easier with your improved vision after cataract surgery, even something as routine as writing or texting. When you’re able to see more clearly, you may get more excited to do these everyday tasks! Check out your phone - it's likely to have a brand new appearance to you! Practice writing with your new eyes by writing a letter to a friend or even just writing your grocery list, anything that you can practice your handwriting.

Start Planning Your First Trip

Even if you’re not planning to travel soon after your cataract surgery, nothing is stopping you from planning the trip you’ve always been dreaming of! Start looking at the scenic destinations you haven’t visited yet and envision your vacation experience cataract-free - it’ll be all the more beautiful in person with clear eyes.

Ready to be rid of your cataracts?

Schedule evaluation with our cataract surgeon, Dr. Trey Nunnery, to determine the appropriate timing for your cataract surgery.