It is important that you wear the shield as instructed by your doctor. This eye shield is more protective than a standard eye patch, guarding your eye from dust or any potential injury as you heal. You may be instructed to sleep with the shield for at least one week following your surgery.
How long should you wear the eye patch after cataract surgery?
Most patients wear it for a day. Wear your eye shield at night or while napping so you don’t rub your eye while sleeping. Your doctor will tell you how many nights to do this. For most people it’s from 1 to 7 nights.
Do you need an eye patch after cataract surgery?
Your doctor may ask you to wear an eye patch or protective shield the day of surgery. Your doctor may also recommend wearing the eye patch for a few days after your surgery and the protective shield when you sleep during the recovery period.
What is the purpose of the eye patch after cataract surgery?
At the completion of your cataract surgery, a lightweight protective shield will be placed over your eye, held in place with surgical tape. This shield will decrease the risk of injury from inadvertently rubbing or accidentally bumping your eye.
What activities should be avoided after cataract surgery?
Avoid heavy lifting, exercise, and other strenuous activities. Exercise can cause complications while you’re healing. You’re at higher risk of having an accident if you’re doing anything physically taxing.
What happens if you don’t wear sunglasses after cataract surgery?
Everyone should protect their eyes from UV rays outdoors, both before and after cataract surgery, Dr. Bansal says. In fact, UV protection may even slow the development of cataracts. This means there’s no set time frame to wear sunglasses after cataract surgery.
How do you wear an eye patch?
Place the eye shield over the eye with the curved side against your nose. 2. Put the shield in place with the tape across the top of the shield. The tape should go from the middle of your forehead to the middle of your ear.
What is the most common complication of cataract surgery?
A long-term consequence of cataract surgery is posterior capsular opacification (PCO). PCO is the most common complication of cataract surgery. PCO can begin to form at any point following cataract surgery.
Can you go for a walk after cataract surgery?
We recommend that you avoid any exercise for at least one week after cataract surgery. Any discomfort and tenderness from the surgery will settle within a few days and you can begin with some light to moderate exercise such as walking or stretching.
What happens if you bend over after cataract surgery?
You should not bend over after cataract surgery for at least 2 weeks. Bending over will place pressure on the eye and this may cause unnecessary complications to your eye. The main complication will be a delay in the healing process.