Guidelines following Cataract Surgery

It may take up to 24 hours for you to have fully recovered from the effects of the sedation given to you during the surgery. Despite the fact that you will be awake prior to discharge your reactions and judgements may be impaired, therefore:

  • A responsible adult must accompany you when leaving the hospital and stay with you for the first night after surgery
  • You are advised not to drive a vehicle, operate machinery or make any important decisions for 24 hours following surgery
  • The use of bus service is also not permitted.

Eye Dressing
Unless your doctor has given you special instructions. DO NOT TOUCH dressing until the doctor removes it at your follow-up appointment.

Medication

  • Resume all your MEDICATIONS as soon as you get home
  • Check with your eye doctor before resuming blood thinners
  • There is usually minimal discomfort the day of surgery. This may be due to a temporary rise in eye pressure. It is common to feel some scratchiness. Take 2 regular or extra-strength Tylenol as required. DO NOT take aspirin or aspirin based products unless you check with your eye doctor.
  • If you become constipated, take a mild laxative. Straining while having a bowel movement can injure your eye.

Vision

  • * Your vision will improve in the first days or weeks. This varies from person to person and even from one eye to another. The degree to which your vision will improve depends on other factors in your eye. You may experience double vision which is normal and will usually disappear.
  • You may be quite light sensitive especially in the first few weeks. Wear sunglasses or clip-ons.
  • Avoid dusty environments where dust or dirt is blowing or other possible eye irritants such as smoke filled rooms or strong fumes.

Activities
You may resume all your usual daily activities after surgery including reading and watching television, as the comfort of your eye permits. Rest your eye often. Discuss with your doctor when you may resume the following:

  • Lifting anyting over 10 pounds
  • Swimming within the next 4 weeks
  • Washing your hair
  • Sexual activity

Follow-up
At your follow up appointment your eye doctor will advise you of the following:

  • When to resume driving
  • How long to wear your eye shield at bedtime
  • When to renew your eye glass prescription

Call the Doctor if:

  • You have severe eye pain not relieved by Tylenol
  • You notice sudden change in vision
  • You notice increasing redness or swelling of the eye or lining of the eye
  • You notice any yellow, green or pus-like discharge from the eye

IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO REACH THE DOCTOR RETURN TO MISERICORDIA HEALTH CENTRE WHICH IS OPEN 24/7 FOR EMERGENCY EYE CARE. PLEASE PRESENT AT PATIENT REGISTRATION (99 CORNISH ENTRANCE).