Cataract surgery is one of the safest and most common surgeries performed today. The entire procedure takes about 10 minutes to complete and has over a 98% success rate in the U.S. Cataract surgery recovery is surprisingly easy, however, there are some things you should keep in mind during this period. Read up on some do’s and don’ts when it comes to your cataract surgery recovery!
What You Should Do
When you are released from the clinic (between 30 minutes to an hour after surgery) you will be given a special pair of sunglasses to protect your eyes from sunlight. Wear these for the next few days any time that you need to go outside.
It is very important to get plenty of rest after surgery, but that shouldn’t be a problem as most people feel very tired afterward. Keep the protective covering over your eye whenever you sleep for the next few days, even after your surgeon advises you to remove it for light daytime activity.
Expect some discomfort and itchiness around the eye, as well as blurred vision, sensitivity to lights, and even a mild headache. All of these symptoms are common and are no reason to be concerned. As soon as your vision clears up, you will be able to read, watch TV, or any other activity that is light or requires little activity. If you work at a computer you may continue to do so, but do not expect to go back to work at a construction site for several more weeks.
If after week or so, you are still experiencing symptoms, the symptoms worsen significantly, you experience a sudden drop in quality of vision, or black spots or streaks appear, contact your doctor immediately.
Follow-up appointments will be scheduled the day after and a few weeks after the procedure. It is very important that you attend these so that the surgeon can determine if the recovery process is going smoothly.
What You Should Not Do
Before going into surgery, it is important that you find someone to drive you home because you will not be able to drive until the next day.
Your surgeon will tell you when to remove the protective covering from your eye. Do not remove it until that time and as stated above, remember to put it back on before sleeping.
Do not perform any kind of strenuous activity such as heavy lifting or running for a few weeks.
Any extra pressure on the eye should be avoided for the first day – this includes itching or rubbing your eye, bending over and crouching, and if possible try not to sneeze.
Reduce the risk of infection by resisting the urge to touch around your eye and wearing protective lenses to reduce exposure to dust and wind.
Come Talk to Us About Cataract Surgery
Here at Bennett & Bloom Eye Centers, located in Louisville and Jeffersonville, Kentucky, we are committed to providing you with the most accurate information and care for your eyes. If you have any questions regarding cataracts or cataract surgery, don’t hesitate to contact us and set up an appointment!