Why Do I Get Blurred Vision After Cataract Surgery?

Blurry, distorted and cloudy vision are all normal after cataract surgery as the eye adjusts to the removal of the cataract and the replacement of the eye’s natural lens with a new intraocular lens, according to All About Vision. While many patients have clear vision hours after surgery, others take up to two weeks to be able to view images with a sharp focus.

There is a normal adjustment period; however, if there is not any change in blurry vision for several days after the surgery, a consultation with the surgeon is in order, according to All About Vision. A follow-up appointment is typically scheduled for the day following surgery, but this is to check to ensure there are no complications. Eyesight may still be blurry at this time. Contacting the surgeon is also recommended if there is any pain or unusual discomfort associated with the eyes after cataract surgery. While vision is normally sharp by at least the two-week point, the eye is not completely healed for about one month following cataract surgery. During this time, it is important to protect the eyes by using the prescribed eye drops several times per day to minimize the risk of infection and to prevent additional inflammation.