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Recovery from IOL Surgery: What Patients Can Expect

By David Gross on January 31, 2017


An intraocular lens (IOL)Patients throughout the greater Merrillville area know that our team is there for them, offering advanced vision treatments that meet diverse needs. This includes the use of intraocular lenses (IOLs), which can address a number of different vision problems.

We'd like to take a moment to go over the basics of IOLs and then consider what the recovery process is like after receiving an IOL. This will help prospective patients understand what to expect.

About Intraocular Lenses (IOLs)

IOLs are artificial lenses that are used to replace the natural lens of the eye. They are commonly used when performing cataract surgery, replacing the clouded lens of the eye and restoring vision quality in the process.

IOLs can also be used to improve poor vision caused by presbyopia (age-related farsightedness) or refractive error. This surgery is known as refractive lens exchange (RLE).

How Much Time Should I Take Off From Work?

The answer to this question depends on a number of factors. The two most important issues to consider are:

  • What line of work are you in?
  • What are your job duties?

Some patients are able to return to work the next day. However, if you work in a field that involves lots of reading or in which eyestrain is a potential problem, you may want to take a day or so off. People in industries that involve strenuous physical activity and heavy lifting will want to take longer off from work.

What to Expect Immediately After Surgery

Immediately after your IOL surgery, patients will often experience cloudy, blurry, or slightly distorted vision. Light sensitivity is common as well, particularly when in the sun or near a bright artificial light. Some level of sleepiness or grogginess is common given the use of sedation during the procedure.

It's important to rest your eyes after surgery and avoid any activities that may result in eyestraing, such as reading, watching TV, or using your computer, phone, or tablet.

Can I Drive Home After IOL Surgery?

No.

Given your potential vision impairment and the effects of anesthetic and sedation, you will not be a fit or safe state to drive on your own. Have a loved one or family member drive for you.

Common Side Effects After IOL Surgery

Common temporary side effects after undergoing IOL surgery include the following:

  • Blurry vision
  • Light sensitivity
  • Itchy or irritated eyes
  • Gritty sensation in the eyes
  • Dry eyes
  • Red eyes
  • Issues with night vision

If you experience vision loss, floaters in your field of vision, swelling around the eyes, or significant pain after IOL surgery, be sure to contact your surgeon right away for immediate medical attention.

Follow Post-op Instructions Closely

Patients will be given detailed post-op instructions to follow after they have undergone IOL surgery. The instructions should be followed very closely. All follow-up visit with your surgeon need to be attended as scheduled as well so your recovery and healing can be professionally monitored.

Contact Deen-Gross Eye Centers Today

For more information about your vision correction and eye care options, be sure to contact our advanced vision correction center today. The team here at Deen-Gross Eye Centers will help you see clearly and improve your overall wellness.

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