Cataract Surgery

Care After

Refer to this sheet in the next few weeks. These instructions provide you with information on caring for yourself after your procedure. Your caregiver may also give you more specific instructions. Your treatment has been planned according to current medical practices, but problems sometimes occur. Call your caregiver if you have any problems or questions after your procedure.

HOME CARE INSTRUCTIONS

  • Avoid strenuous activities as directed by your caregiver.

  • Ask your caregiver when you can resume driving.

  • Use eyedrops or other medicines to help healing and control pressure inside your eye as directed by your caregiver.

  • Only take over-the-counter or prescription medicines for pain, discomfort, or fever as directed by your caregiver.

  • Do not to touch or rub your eyes.

  • You may be instructed to use a protective shield during the first few days and nights after surgery. If not, wear sunglasses to protect your eyes. This is to protect the eye from pressure or from being accidentally bumped.

  • Keep the area around your eye clean and dry. Avoid swimming or allowing water to hit you directly in the face while showering. Keep soap and shampoo out of your eyes.

  • Do not bend or lift heavy objects. Bending increases pressure in the eye. You can walk, climb stairs, and do light household chores.

  • Do not put a contact lens into the eye that had surgery until your caregiver says it is okay to do so.

  • Ask your doctor when you can return to work. This will depend on the kind of work that you do. If you work in a dusty environment, you may be advised to wear protective eyewear for a period of time.

  • Ask your caregiver when it will be safe to engage in sexual activity.

  • Continue with your regular eye exams as directed by your caregiver.

What to expect:

  • It is normal to feel itching and mild discomfort for a few days after cataract surgery. Some fluid discharge is also common, and your eye may be sensitive to light and touch.

  • After 1 to 2 days, even moderate discomfort should disappear. In most cases, healing will take about 6 weeks.

  • If you received an intraocular lens (IOL), you may notice that colors are very bright or have a blue tinge. Also, if you have been in bright sunlight, everything may appear reddish for a few hours. If you see these color tinges, it is because your lens is clear and no longer cloudy. Within a few months after receiving an IOL, these extra colors should go away. When you have healed, you will probably need new glasses.

SEEK MEDICAL CARE IF:

  • You have increased bruising around your eye.

  • You have discomfort not helped by medicine.

SEEK IMMEDIATE MEDICAL CARE IF:

  • You have a  fever.

  • You have a worsening or sudden vision loss.

  • You have redness, swelling, or increasing pain in the eye.

  • You have a thick discharge from the eye that had surgery.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.