Myth #4: Cataract surgery is risky in that the overall risk factor is high and recovery time may take months.
FACT: NO. With a success rate of 95%, Cataract surgery is one of the safest and most perfected surgeries in medicine today. However, as with any surgery you may have, risks do exist, so please bring up any concerns you may have with your doctor prior to surgery. After the procedure, patients need to refrain from doing any bending or heavy lifting for up to three weeks, as well as rubbing or pressing the eye. Other than that, you can go back to your normal routine and activities when you remove the eye patch, usually the next day or so. Cataract surgery patients commonly see an improvement in eyesight immediately after the procedure, and other patients will notice a more gradual progression in regaining the eyesight they once had, taking usually two to three months.
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