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What are the Do’s And Don’ts After Cataract Surgery

The recovery period after cataract surgery is usually short, with no complications. However, this time is extremely important for the healing process and you should use it to rest up so as not to irritate your eyes.

We’ve put together this blog on the dos and don’ts after cataract surgery to help you be careful during your recovery period, helping to achieve the best vision results possible.

What can I do after cataract surgery?

Immediately after surgery, we will give you eye drops to help with the healing of your eyes. You must follow the instructions we give you and apply the correct amount of drops for the right amount of time.

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.

After cataract surgery, we recommend that you take it easy, at least for the first few days. We understand that life can be hectic; however, when it comes to your eyes, you must follow your surgeon’s advice by making sure you are taking it easy and resting.

Your eyes should look and feel almost normal the day after, but if they do become red or painful, you should contact your surgeon as soon as possible.

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What can’t I do after cataract surgery?

Immediately after cataract surgery, your vision may be blurred. We strongly recommend that you do not drive on the day of your surgery and In the following days until you feel completely comfortable and your vision has cleared. Additionally, don’t do any heavy lifting or strenuous work for at least ten days.

During your healing period, your eyes will be very sensitive, and it is crucial to make sure nothing is touching them. We strongly advised that you do not rub or poke your eye as this can affect the way your eye heals.

It’s also important to remember that some patients experience watery eyes after cataract surgery, however, this is nothing to worry about. Typically, eye-watering stops within 24 hours.

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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 will ensure your eyes heal comfortably after your surgery.

We hope you’ve found this article about the dos and don’ts after cataract surgery informative and insightful. If you have any questions, contact us today or book a consultation to begin your journey into a cataract-free life.

About the experts

Mr John Bolger | Consultant Ophthalmologist / Clinic Director


John Bolger is a Consultant Ophthalmologist and Clinic Director at My-iClinic. He specialises in ophthalmology, laser refractive surgery (SMILE, Presbyond, LASIK, PRK, PTK), refractive lens exchange (RLE), cataract surgery, glaucoma treatment and macular degeneration.

Over the course of his career, John Bolger has carried out over 35,000 cataract operations, 20 of which were for eye surgeons. He has also taught over 1500 young ophthalmologists worldwide as they begin their surgical careers.

Bolger has observed and played a part in the evolution of modern ophthalmology. He was one of the first surgeons to introduce microincision cataract surgery to the UK; he witnessed the advent of the femtosecond laser that is used in SMILE procedures and is seeing huge progress in the treatment of glaucoma and wet macular degeneration.

Remaining at the forefront of these advancements ensures that he is always providing his patients with the very best and latest treatments, whatever their condition.

In his free time, John Bolger enjoys flying helicopters, playing classical guitar, baking bread and pastries, and making fresh pasta.