The Dos and Don’ts After Cataract Surgery
The recovery period after cataract surgery is usually short and has no complications. Some patients experience watery eyes following surgery however, this is nothing to worry about. Typically, eye-watering stops within 24 hours. Your eye should look and feel almost normal the day after surgery but if they do become red or painful you should contact your surgeon as soon as possible.
We’ve put together this blog to help you be careful during your recovery period and to help you achieve the best vision results possible.
- After your surgery, you will be given an eye drop to help with the healing of your eye. It is important to make sure that you are following the instructions you have been given. It is also important to make sure that you are applying the right amount for the advised amount of time.
- Following surgery, it is highly recommended that you take it easy, at least for the first few days. We understand that life can be hectic and some people are always on the go. However, when it comes to your eyes it is extremely important that you are following your surgeon’s advice by making sure you are taking it easy and resting.
- You can wash and shower normally but you must take extra caution with your eyes. It’s best to avoid getting shampoo or soap in your eyes. If you do, it will sting but no damage will be done.
- Wear your shield at night during the first week of healing. The shield stops you from rubbing your eyes accidentally during the night.
- Immediately after surgery, your vision may be blurred. It is strongly recommended that you do not drive on the day. In the following days, try to avoid driving until you feel completely comfortable and your vision has cleared.
- Don’t do any heavy lifting or strenuous work for at least 10 days
- During your healing period, your eyes will be very sensitive and it is crucial to make sure nothing is touching them. It is strongly advised that you do not rub or poke your eye as this can affect the way your eye heals.
To ensure that you have the best recovery possible, please make sure to follow the instructions your surgeon has given you. These are extremely important to follow as they have been provided to allow your eyes to heal comfortably after your surgery.
Mr. John Bolger (FRCS DO FEBOS -CR)
Consultant Ophthalmologist / Clinic Director