Surgery – Care following cataract surgery

Caring for the eye that has been operated on following your cataract surgery is very important to allow it to heal completely and without complications.

Following cataract surgery, you’ll be given eye drops to use during the healing process. You should use these for 4 weeks, or, as you’re directed by your optometrist.

When using your eye drops, you should wash your hands thoroughly before touching the bottle, then remove the cap, tilt your head backwards and look up. Carefully pull down your lower eyelid, then squeeze the bottle until the prescribed number of drops has gone into your eye. Remember not to touch your eye or eyelid with the bottle. Once you have administered your eye drops, blink a couple of times to disperse them around your entire eye, then close your eye and wipe away any excess with a clean tissue or flannel.

In addition to your eye drops, your surgeon will give you further advice for care of your eye following cataract surgery.

You’ll get an eye shield to wear for the first 24-48 hours after you leave surgery. You’ll also be advised on how long it will be before you can drive, wear contact lenses (if you wear them) and to try to avoid bending down or doing strenuous exercise.

It’s normal for your eye to be red, gritty, itchy and to have some clear discharge after your cataract surgery. Any discomfort will likely only last around a week and full healing will usually take between 2 and 6 weeks.

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