“I still work 5 days a week, and I don’t want to take too much time off. How long is the downtime after cataract surgery?”

“I still work 5 days a week, and I don’t want to take too much time off. How long is the downtime after cataract surgery?”

Cataract and refractive lens surgery are two ways to permanently correct your vision.  Both treatments replace the natural lens with one that can free you from reading and distance glasses.  The procedures are fast – typically lasting 10 minutes or less per eye – and there is little downtime.  Most patients start seeing better within 24 hours and can resume the majority of their activities almost immediately.  Dr. Shatz performs the majority of his lens procedures toward the end of the w...

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“I was recently diagnosed with cataracts, but I’m only 56 years old. Should I wait until I get a little older before I have the surgery?”

“I was recently diagnosed with cataracts, but I’m only 56 years old.  Should I wait until I get a little older before I have the surgery?”

While nobody wants to live with cataracts, some people are so frightened by the prospect of surgery that they would rather let their vision deteriorate.  Others believe that their cataracts have to “ripen” before they can be removed, or that they must wait until their doctor tells them the cataracts are bad enough.  This can lead to a delay that makes recovery significantly slower. Cataracts typically tend to start to form by the late 50s, and may begin to subtly affect vision.  Ea...

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