I think cataract surgery is a wonderful life-changing surgery because visual improvements are very instantaneous. After the first day or two most, if not all of my patients, will notice a significant improvement. It does take a week or so to recover and most people are concerned about how their lifestyle and work life will be affected. The most common question I get is, “When can I get back to work?” They can usually go back to work rather quickly. People will see immediate effects when they are driving at night. They can confidently drive at night without seeing glares from lights, headlights, and street lamps. In these dark days of winter,people feel more confident driving, especially carrying passengers. A lot of our elderly relatives are visiting people for the holidays, so they seek advice for cataract surgery when it starts to become really difficult for them, but after cataract surgery, they’re back to driving confidently.
Things like looking at their phones, reading speed, etc. improves and they can start texting their families. The effects are truly instantaneous. Now, depending on the type of lens that they need, they may need a new prescription, reading glasses or if they have a premium multifocal glass – intraocular lens, their vision is pretty much improved immediately. The biggest indicator is that people are genuinely relieved because the surgery has worked and it is risk-free,the complications rate is low. The instantaneous effect of cataract surgery within a few days is quite an amazing effect. Last week I operated on a patient who had very dense cataracts, she left hers for years and was getting more and more depressed. She had her routine cataract surgery, and was absolutely delighted; she couldn’t stop smiling, gave me a big hug and a lot of gifts. At the end of the day, that’s why we do this job. We love operating and making people feel that way.