A Few Helpful Tips to Recover from Cataract Surgery

January 5, 2019 by The Eye Experts

Your cataract surgery has gone well without complications. Congratulations! So how do you recover from the surgery now? Well, you should entirely recover from your cataract surgery in about a month. In fact, you should be able to resume some of your normal activities just the day after your surgery!

However, there are certain steps you’ll need to take to aid recovery. Let’s have a look at what aftercare looks like.

Use the Eye Drops Your Doctor Gives You

In the days following the surgery, it is vital that you avoid any infections or injuries to the eye as it heals. You may have been prescribed antibiotic eye drops to prevent the possibility of an infection, as well as anti-inflammatory eye drops to limit any internal inflammation. Apply these drops regularly every day for the first week, or as your doctor has prescribed. Patients may need to use the drops for up to a month if their postoperative inflammation is relatively severe. Do not stop using these drops until your doctor gives you the go-ahead.

A List of Don’ts

You should not put any physical stress on your eye after the operation. To avoid putting any extra pressure on the eye, avoid bending over immediately after the procedure, and do your best to neither sneeze not vomit. Exercise caution when you walk, so you don’t bump into any doors or other objects. You should also avoid driving right after your surgery or do any strenuous activity like heavy lifting.

Don’t risk infection. Avoid rubbing your eye, and don’t expose it to irritants like dust, wind or grime. Your doctor will have placed a protective patch over the eye after the cataract – don’t remove it until the time they’ve specified. You should also avoid using a hot tub or swimming in the first week.

What to do Following the Surgery

You cannot drive immediately after the surgery, and so you should have someone drive you home afterward. You will been given a pair of sunglasses to protect your eye from glare or bright light, wear them. You can rest when you get home, but don’t remove the protective patch over your eye unless your cataract surgeon has deemed it appropriate. You’ll have to tape the patch back during naps or at night to protect your eye from the light seeping in through the eyelid. At all times, make sure to follow the doctor’s detailed instructions. While you shouldn’t feel more than a slight twinge of discomfort after the surgery, you can take OTC oral pain relievers if you need them.

Talk to your Doctor About Your Concerns at the Follow-Up Session

Once you remove the protective patch, it can take some time for your visual system to adjust to the cataract removal. Don’t worry if your vision is somewhat blurry, cloudy or otherwise distorted. Your vision should clear up within the day. You’ll typically have a follow up with your doctor the day after the surgery to ensure no complications have arisen. If your blurry vision hasn’t improved by then, bring it up with the surgeon then. If you feel any sort of discomfort following this visit, immediately report it to your doctor.