In terms of getting back to normal activities, it’s usually quite fast, within a few days. People often want to know when they can go back to the gym and do activities like swimming and playing golf. I often like patients to avoid chlorinated water and performing tasks that could get dust or dirt in their eyes for two, three weeks after the surgery. However, they’re able to walk to the shops, do their shopping, read, as soon as they feel ready.
I’ve had certain patients go back to work within two or three days. Other people who, for example, have had very dense cataracts that require a little bit more energy to remove them from the eye, can take a few days extra to recover. It’s not a recovery that takes a very long period unless there is something else going on in the eye that predisposes to swelling or inflammation in the eye, which can take a little bit longer to recover.
I invite you to book a consultation to determine your suitability for refractive cataract surgery or refractive lens exchange. It’s the only way to determine your suitability for these procedures and to have an in-depth discussion regarding the risks and benefits of each of them. I look forward to seeing you there and taking you through the journey to achieving your desired postoperative outcome.