Dos and don’ts after cataract surgery

Cataract surgery takes an hour or less to perform and has a high success rate. Once you have your cataracts removed, you might have some questions about what you can and can’t do during the healing process.

You can adopt various methods and lifestyle choices in your everyday life that ensure your eyes heal without incident. So, if you want to know the dos and don’ts after cataract surgery, keep reading this quick and informative guide.

Do: take it easy

It takes about eight full weeks for your eyes to recover from having cataracts removed. Until then, it might be wise to wait before hitting the gym, doing house chores, and even going back to work depending on the nature of your occupation.

Don’t: get water in your eyes

It might be best to avoid getting water in your eyes post-surgery. That is because there is a slight chance that water might lead to infection or increased irritation. Wait at least one night before hopping in the shower or bathtub. Take care to ensure the stream doesn’t make contact with your eyes.

Do: take medicine (if you need it)

After eye surgery, you may experience some level of discomfort. Your eye doctor might prescribe you medication when the surgery is over. You can also take NSAIDs like Ibuprofen and acetaminophen that will make you more comfortable.

Don’t: drive

It is best not to drive after your cataract surgery appointment. This is because driving might put you and others in danger.

Not only is your vision recovering, but straining to see the road may damage your eyes and slow down the healing process. You will need to arrange for a friend or family member to escort you home on the day of your procedure.

Do: wear protective eyewear

Protective eyewear is the key to ensure your healing time goes as smoothly as possible. You should wear your eyewear on bright, sunny days to avoid eyestrain. But that’s not all. These goggles also prevent anything from entering your eyes and causing infections. Wearing them while you sleep will minimize the risk of touching your eyes throughout the night, too.

Don’t: wear makeup

Facial cosmetics, like foundation, are okay to wear so long as they don’t come into contact with your eyes. However, mascara and eyeshadow tend to get into the eyes and can cause infections. As a rule of thumb, wait about seven days post-surgery before you return to your everyday routine.

Do: go to appointments

You want to make sure that you adhere to whatever follow-up visits your doctor recommends. That way, you can minimize the potential risk of developing an infection.

Do you have more questions about the dos and don’ts after cataract surgery?

As you can tell, there are several dos and don’ts after cataract surgery that you should follow. By sticking to the post-op rules, you ensure a quick and easy healing process.

If you have more questions about what to do after eye surgery, don’t hesitate to call Memorial Eye Institute. Alternatively, if you’re ready to restore your vision with cataract surgery, book an appointment today.

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