Over the years, proteins build up in the eye and clump together, preventing light from passing clearly through the lens, thus disrupting normal vision. This protein clump is known as a cataract and is a normal part of the aging process. By age 80, more than half of all Americans will develop a cataract. But that doesn’t mean we have to live with cataracts and diminished vision.
When a cataract begins to affect your ability to perform simple, everyday tasks, then cataract surgery can be used to help restore your vision and improve your quality of life.
About Cataract Surgery
Cataract surgery is a painless outpatient procedure that involves the removal and replacement of the clouded lens. Under local anesthesia, your eye doctor will make a small incision on the side of your cornea and use ultrasound vibrations to break the natural lens into small pieces. These fragments are removed and clear, intraocular lens implant (IOL) is put in its place.
Cataract surgery is the most frequently performed surgery in the country and has highest success rate of any surgery practiced today. But you want to know when you can return to work.
How Long is Recovery? When Can I Return to Work?
Everyone needs time off to recover after an operation, even a simple outpatient procedure like cataract surgery. However, most patients can resume their normal, everyday function in very little time and can even drive a few days after surgery. In fact, resuming your normal routine sooner rather than later can actually aid your recovery.
How soon you return to work depends on a number of factors, including how quickly you heal, how well you respond to cataract surgery, and the type of work you do. For a more accurate timeframe, consult with your eye doctor – optometrist or ophthalmologist. Recovery can range from a few days to a few weeks depending on your occupation and how well you respond to surgery.
Cataract Surgery with Dr. Samuel Boles
Just because you have a cataract does not mean you need cataract surgery…yet. A consultation with board certified ophthalmologist Dr. Samuel Boles will help guide you through the treatment process and determine when cataract surgery makes the most sense for you.
The Anne Arundel Eye Center (AAEC) is a regional leader in the diagnosis and treatment of cataracts. Dr. Boles utilizes the LenSx® Laser, the most technologically advanced option for cataract patients today, to create a cataract surgery that’s 100% unique to each patient.
If you have any questions about Cataract Surgery or wish to schedule an appointment with Anne Arundel Eye Center (AAEC), please contact Board Certified Ophthalmologist Dr. Samuel Boles, Dr. Kathryn Gurganus Turner, and the eye care specialists here at AAEC by calling 410-224-2010 or by filling out our contact form.
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Ellen Hughes says
It did catch my attention when you said that you should consider consulting an eye doctor to get a more accurate timeline of how soon you can recover from a cataract surgery because it can depend on many factors. My husband needs to have the cataract in his left eye removed. He said that he wanted to know how long he should be out from work so he can notify his manager, so I’ll be sure to share your blog with him.
Ellie Davis says
It’s interesting to know that the recovery time after cataract surgery will depend on how quickly you heal and the type of activities that you do. My mother is thinking about cataract surgery, and we are looking for advice to help her recovery process. I will let her know about your article to help her understand more about the recovery process after cataract surgery.
Angela Waterford says
My uncle is currently working right now, but he had to take a leave of absence since he noticed that his cataracts are starting to grow and hinder his ability to see. I think he needs to see an eye surgeon regarding this so he can continue working. Thanks for saying that recovery can take a few days to a few weeks depending on the type of surgery that he gets, so I’ll be sure to tell him that.
Jenny Salvador says
after i had a catarract surgery my surgeon gave me one week off work status, after that i went back to her requesting for possible 1 more week medical note to be off, considering that , I stronly feel my eye is not fully well yet and stable, and considering on the kind of job that i also do, for which i have to do strenouss work and possible lifting of patients bec i am a CNA, she denied me bec she said according to her eye exam my eye is ok. I asked her manager and the manager told me she will ask her to even just give a modified work status, but i heard her on the other door and even laugjh on my request..She told me i could just spend my vacation if i just want a vacation..I even explain to her, that we can not just easily request for vacations like that,and that i am on fmla leave which needs a medical note for me to be abkle to spend any of my accumulative leave..It seems to me this ophthalmologist can not understand simple patients needs..in this regard can i report this Dr. to the opthalmnology board?
Anne Arundel Eye Center says
Unfortunately, we are not able to advise about this topic. We hope you have a safe recovery.
I am having surgery on both eyes so I’m lucky if I am able to get two weeks off.