Eye Care After Cataract Surgery

Eye Care After Cataract Surgery © 2019 American Academy of Ophthalmology

Eye Care After Cataract Surgery



Your doctor will give you instructions for how to take care of your eyes following your cataract surgery. To avoid complications and the risk of infection, it is important to follow these instructions carefully until your eye is completely healed.

Use the prescribed cataract eye drops. These drops contain anti-inflammation and antibiotics that are important for proper healing.

Avoid bending. Putting your head below waist level can increase pressure in the eye and put stress on the wound, increasing the risk of complications such as bleeding.

Avoid exercise and heavy lifting. Your doctor will monitor your healing and let you know when you can resume more strenuous activities.

Avoid pressing or rubbing the eyes. Remember that your eye has tiny stitches and a post-surgical wound that needs time to heal. Rubbing or pressing the eye can cause irritation and increase the risk of infection.

Avoid getting your eye wet. It is important to wear your protective shield when showering, bathing, or washing your face. You should also avoid swimming or hot tubs for at least two weeks following your surgery.

Avoid cleaning the house, gardening, or changing the litter box. It is important to keep the eye free from irritants such as dust and dirt and to minimize exposure to germs that can cause infection.

Always wash your hands before applying eye drops.

If you feel severe pain, swelling, or excessive discharge contact a doctor immediately.



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