After the operation – at home
You may use your eyes any way you wish – reading, watching TV, etc. are
permitted immediately. You might, however, be sensitive to the light for a few days after the procedure, and the eye may have a mild watery discharge.
It is quite normal to feel mild discomfort after the operation. This may include itchy and/or sticky eyelids. One to two days after the operation this mild discomfort will start to subside.
Vision in the healing eye may be blurred when reading or watching TV. As the eye heals and the new lens stabilizes your vision will improve. Remember that while cataract surgery often improves your uncorrected vision, it is not unlikely that you’ll need to wear glasses afterward to achieve the best vision.
If you suffer from glaucoma, it is very important that you understand the surgeon’s instructions regarding your glaucoma medication after cataract surgery. He may change your medication, or even have you discontinue the medications after the surgery. Cataract surgery often results in a lowering of the eye pressure, at least temporarily.
Please avoid strenuous activities for 2 weeks, e.g. golf, bowling, and
gardening. Remember, cataract surgery is still a major eye operation and you
should take it easy until you are comfortable with your routine. You may shower
and shampoo your hair the day following surgery. Please avoid dusty or dirty
chores, hot tubs and swimming pools for 2 weeks.
Call us immediately if you experience:
- Excessive and increasing pain after the operation.
- Increasing deterioration of vision.
- Increasing redness of the eye.
Important post-operative information
- Do not rub the eye which has been operated on.
- Always wash your hands before touching your face and eye.
- Wash your hands after instilling your eye medication also.
- To drive legally you need 20/40 acuity. (20/40 vision will allow reading a license plate at 100 feet in good daylight with either one or both eyes).
- You must not have double vision
- Do not drive for 48 hours if you were given sedation
- Please be aware that your judgement of distance may change following cataract surgery and this may take time to get used to
- If you are relying solely on your operated eye to drive, it is not guaranteed that your eyesight without glasses will be good enough; you may require a change in glasses, which would be prescribed after four to five weeks
- If your other eye sees well, you should be able to meet these requirements.
There are no restrictions to flying except under very rare circumstances (less than one in 10,000), which your surgeon will tell you about.
You can aim to return to work on the seventh day after surgery, unless you work in a dusty or dirty environment, in which case it should be 14 days.
Four week follow-up
At your follow-up visit four weeks after surgery, you should be close to finishing or have just finished your eye drops.
Please do not drive to this appointment as eye drops will be used to dilate the pupil, which may blur your vision.
The doctor will examine your eye after the pupil has been dilated. He or she will then do one of the following:
- Discharge you, as your treatment is complete.
- Arrange a further follow-up.
- Give a date for your second eye surgery if needed
- Prescribe new glasses as needed