Bags Under Eyes and Puffy Eyes After Cataract Surgery

I noticed puffiness around my eyes and bags under my eyes since I had cataract surgery 6 weeks ago. Will this go away on its own?

Swollen Eye After Cataract Operation

After cataract surgery you may be able to see a lot more details about your face than you did before. You can notice wrinkles, dark circles under your eyes, lines, puffiness, and bags under your eyes much more now because of your better vision. The level of detail you can see now that the cataracts have been removed allows you to see those "imperfections" a lot better. Many patients also describe being able to see a lot more dirt and dust in their homes than they ever saw before.

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Bags Under Eyes, Puffy Eyelids, and Swelling Following Cataract Removal

Part of the healing process includes sometimes having swelling, puffiness and bags under the eyelids. This may last several days before it starts to lessen. Using cool compresses can be helpful to lessen the swelling.

A small speculum or metal spring is used during cataract surgery to keep your eyelids open and this does stretch the eyelids somewhat, but it typically would not result in a noticeable change in the appearance of your eyes.

Some people are sensitive to tape which may be applied to keep an eye shield in place after cataract surgery. It's possible that this could cause some swelling or puffiness around the eyes due
to skin irritation.

If you are convinced that you now have puffiness or bags under your eyes that you did not have before the surgery then talk to your doctor.