My experience belongs to me and you may not have the same symptoms.
On the positive side, I can see very well out of my left eye. The minor scratchy, sandy feeling disappeared the day after surgery. I could have taken an over the counter med to relieve it, but chose not to.
On the negative side, I have this flickering light sensation when I read. It's annoying more than anything else and is likely to lessen over time. The surgeon said I should be able to drive, but since I can't see much out of my right side, driving is difficult. Also, because my eye was not corrected for close work, typing this post feels strange at best.
Once I have the right eye surgery in about 10 days, I will post my reaction to that.
An encouraging note: The vast majority of cataract surgeries are successful (yes I can see very well). Best of luck with your cataract surgery.
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Just remember that your experience may be different than the author's.
Cataract Surgery: Before, During & After: Preparing for surgery, enduring it gracefully and recovering in comfort
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