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My father underwent cataract surgery 2 days back and yesterday we went for opening the Bandage. His visibility was zero and all was blank for him. Doctor said he had to put air bubble post operation due to pressure and it will take few days for air bubble to go away and inflammation also to go away, after which he will be able to see properly. We are very worried about his eyesight. He is 67 yrs, no diabetes and had cataract only in left eye. Please advise if this is normal and what will be his recovery path. He is able to see torch light and direction of light and has no pain and no discharge.

2 Doctors Answered
Yes your doctor is right. There is no choice except this.
Straight after surgery, patients will usually see in soft focus. The following day vision should be clearer. Some patients see the improvement in several hours, though most take 24-48 hours. It can occasionally take 1-2 weeks for vision to settle while the eye adapts to the new intraocular lens implant (IOL. These side effects usually improve within a few days but it can take 4 to 6 weeks to recover fully. If you need new glasses, you won't be able to order them until your eye has completely healed – usually after 6 weeks.
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