After Cataract Surgery and Recovery

What will happen after surgery?

Patients go to the recovery area of the surgery centre where they can have something to eat and drink. Generally they can then go home. It is possible to stay overnight in Melbourne. Dr Troski's staff can arrange a nearby hotel.

Most patients will not experience significant pain post operatively. Occasionally the eye may be uncomfortable overnight. The following day the eye will be examined and the patient will be given eye drops to be inserted four times each day for the next two weeks.

Everyone's recovery and healing time varies slightly, so Dr. Troski will discuss your particular situation with you so you can plan ahead.

Will I need to wear an eye shield?

An eye shield is usually worn only on the night following surgery. There is no need to wear an eye patch after this.

When can I resume normal activities?

Generally patients can return to most normal activities the day after surgery. The vision should in most cases be sufficient to drive a car. However your vision will fluctuate for a few weeks after the surgery. It is important that your vision is checked if your are not sure.

Are there any complications?

Complications in cataract surgery are rare. Nevertheless they can occur and Dr Troski will discuss these fully at the preoperative consultation prior to making any decision about cataract surgery.

Will I need to wear glasses after cataract surgery?

For most patients undergoing routine cataract surgery there is usually no need to wear glasses for distance vision. They will need to buy a pair of reading glasses which can be prescribed by their optometrist four weeks after surgery.

Some patients can benefit from multifocal Intraocular lens implants, which greatly reduce dependence on spectacles and many of these patients will not need to wear any glasses at all for most tasks. They may still need to have a pair of distance or reading glasses for occasional use.

What is a secondary cataract?

The term “secondary cataract”, “after cataract” or ” Posterior Capsular Opacification” are all used to describe the process where the residual lens capsule holding the intraocular lens in the eye becomes cloudy. This happens in a small percentage of patients. This capsule can be simply and painlessly removed with a small painless laser procedure. The small laser procedure is not the same as Excimer laser used for short sightedness.


Dr Mark Troski takes great care before, during and after your cataract surgery to ensure your recovery is smooth and trouble free.