Life after surgery

Q Can patients undergo other surgeries after receiving cataract surgery?
A Patients may receive any type of surgery.

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Q What are the precautions immediately after cataract surgery?
A To avoid infections caused by bacteria entering through the wound, patients are advised to take or instill the prescribed medication as instructed. Avoid face washing and shampoo for about a week. Also, wear protective glasses to prevent any impact to the eye. Before getting used to the postoperative vision, patients should also refrain from doing any work that would put strain on the eyes.

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Q How long will it take for vision to stabilize after cataract surgery?
A Vision will stabilize in approximately one month for monofocal IOLs and approximately three months for multifocal IOLs.

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Q Will cataract surgery put any restrictions on life styles?
A Avoid any sports activities for at least one month. Wear goggles when swimming. Consult a physician before engaging in any intense sports activities.

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Q Will eyeglasses be needed after surgery?
A The power of your existing eyeglasses will no longer be appropriate after surgery. If the implanted monofocal IOL is set for distance vision, a patient will have problems with near vision and will need a new pair of eyeglasses after the condition of the eye stabilizes, which may take anywhere from one to three months depending on the type of lens and the condition of the eye. Although multifocal IOLs allow patients to see both far and near well enough without eyeglasses for most daily routines, performing intricate detailed work would still require eyeglasses.

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Q After cataract surgery, will patients still be able to undergo LASIK to correct their residual nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism?
A Once their vision stabilizes, patients may undergo LASIK to correct residual nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism.

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