Dos and Don’ts After Cataract Surgery 

In the majority of cases, cataract surgery is quick, painless, and brings excellent results. However, it’s important to remember that it is a surgical procedure, therefore there’s plenty you can do (and not do) to aid a speedy recovery. 

Cataract Eye Surgery: The do’s and don’ts 

  •     The do’s
  •     The don’ts

The do’s

While your cataract surgeon will, of course, provide you with individual guidance regarding your recovery period, it’s important to make sure you don’t neglect the common aftercare necessary for optimal recovery.  

This includes ensuring that you:

    • Take it easy for a few days following the procedure. Even though technology has made cataract removal fast and virtually pain-free. It’s important to remember that you have undergone a surgical procedure and need to refrain from excessive effort during those all-important first days of recovery.
    • Use your eye shield as directed: This means wearing it overnight for at least a week to prevent inadvertent rubbing.
    • Use eye drops as instructed: Not only does this aid recovery, it also reduces any postoperative discomfort.
    • Take pain relief if you need it: Your surgeon will advise if anything more than over-the-counter medication is necessary.
    • Use your shield, old glasses, or sunglasses outdoors: To protect your eye from the elements.
  • Bathe and shower as usual
  • Carry out normal activities: Such as reading, watching TV, and using a computer

The don’ts 

  • Refrain from rubbing your eye: This is very important, and the reason you need to wear your eye shield for a few weeks overnight
  • Carry out any strenuous activities: Such as heavy housework, lifting, or carrying out vigorous exercise
  • Get shampoo or soap in your eyes: Take care when showering and bathing
  • Wear eye makeup: Avoid this for at least four weeks after cataract surgery
  • Drive: You shouldn’t drive until you’re given the all-clear from your cataract surgeon
  • Fly: Don’t board an aircraft until you’ve taken advice from your ophthalmologist
  • Avoid windy, dusty, grimy conditions if possible: Although this might not always be possible, protecting your eye from such environmental factors is very important. Wearing glasses when outside can help this.

Finding the Best Cataract Surgeons: Near me or should I travel? 

What to look for when searching for a cataract surgeon

One of the most important aspects of finding a cataract surgeon is to choose someone with whom you feel wholly comfortable. Entrusting your eyesight to someone who’s about to carry out an invasive procedure is a big deal, so it’s essential that you’re happy that your eyesight is in their hands.

There are many ways to approach finding the best clinician to treat your cataracts. From word of mouth recommendations to an online search, one thing to consider is that the person most appropriate to treat you might not always be in your neighborhood. 

Indeed, an online search for “cataract surgeons near me” might not be the most appropriate. Instead, you should determine the professionals with the best credentials and then decide whether you’re prepared to travel a distance to avail yourself of their care. This is, of course, a personal decision. But for many, the confidence gained from being in the hands of a highly recommended cataract surgeon outweighs the inconvenience of having to travel to see them.

Contact Brent Bellotte MD. for all Your Cataract and Ophthalmology Needs

Eye care should never be left to chance, and your choice of ophthalmologist and/or cataract eye surgeon should be made with care. Dr. Brent Bellotte provides a world-beating service from his state-of-the-art facility, the West Boca Eye Center. A cataract surgeon and laser vision specialist, he offers the ultimate cutting-edge procedures to ensure your precious eyesight is restored or remains at the best level possible. 

Visit to find out more and get in contact with the friendly team to schedule an appointment.