Any surgery carried out on your precious eyesight is bound to bring with it anxiety and worry. However, cataract surgery is a commonly carried out and safe procedure. The following explains the steps you can take to reduce your recovery time and help you get back to normal activities in the shortest period possible.

Typical Recovery Times Following Cataract Surgery

  •     When can you go home?
  •     Normal post-surgery symptoms

When can you go home?

Most people can go home within a few hours of having their cataract surgery. You’ll likely have a pad or plastic shield covering the eye. This normally has to stay on until the following day and will need to be worn when sleeping for several days.

Normal post-surgery symptoms

It’s normal to have some or all of the following symptoms, but these tend to reduce over a few days. Within four to six weeks they should have disappeared entirely.

      Red, bloodshot eye

      Watery eye


      Double or blurred vision

      Dry eye

Do’s and Don’ts After Cataract Surgery

  •     Do this after cataract surgery
  •     Don’t do this after cataract surgery

Do this after cataract surgery

To speed your recovery you should ensure you do the following:

      Take it easy for the first two to three days

      Take painkillers if necessary

      Use your eye shield at night time, or when napping, for around a week

      Wear your eye shield when washing your hair

      Use your eye drops as instructed by your eye surgeon

      Watch the TV, read, and use the computer as you usually do

      Shower and bathe as usual

      Wear sunglasses when outdoors

      Always wash your hands before using eye drops

Don’t do this after cataract surgery

Difficult as some of these might sound, you should refrain from the following:

      Sneezing or vomiting right after the procedure

      Bend over for the first day after the operation

      Drive until you’re instructed to (this might be as soon as a day after the operation, but take your surgeon’s advice)

      Lift heavy objects or undertake a strenuous activity for the first few weeks

      Touch, rub or put anything near your eye

      Expose your eye to wind, grime, dust, or grit

      Wear makeup for at least four weeks

      Swim or use a hot tub for around four to six weeks

      Fly until your surgeon informs you it’s safe to do so

Most people don’t experience any post-operative issues and return to full health within a few weeks. You might need to clean your eye during the first couple of weeks. This is because the healing process and the drops you’ll be prescribed can cause a slight stickiness. 

If this is the case, you should clean your eye in the following manner:

      Use boiled, cooled water

      Wash your hands thoroughly before starting

      Soak some gauze in the cooled water

      Wipe from your nose to the outside corner of the eye (gently)

      Don’t wipe the inside of the eye

      Don’t press on the eye or use an eyewash/bath

While cataract surgery complications are rare, should you experience any sudden change in vision, pain, or dramatically increased redness or stickiness you should contact your eye doctor immediately.

Contact the West Boca Eye Surgery for the Best Lifetime Visual Health

No matter what your age, regular eye examinations are your best weapon against issues such as cataracts and other vision-related problems. The West Boca Eye Center, run by a leading ophthalmologist, Brent Bellotte MD., is the ultimate facility to ensure great eyesight throughout your life.

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