Wear your eye bandage, patch, or shield for as long as your doctor recommends. You may only need to wear it when you sleep. You can shower or wash your hair the day after surgery.
How long should you wear the protective eye shield after cataract surgery?
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.
How do you cover your eyes 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.
How long does it take for eyes to feel normal after cataract surgery?
Within 48 hours, many cataracts patients see significant improvement in their vision. It is possible that your vision could take one to two weeks to adjust and settle. The eye must adapt to the new intraocular lens that has replaced the lens.
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 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.
How long does it take for the incision to heal after cataract surgery?
Often, complete healing occurs within eight weeks. Contact your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following: Vision loss. Pain that persists despite the use of over-the-counter pain medications.
How do you shower after cataract surgery?
You can take a shower or bath 24 hours after your surgery. Do not get water or soap in your eye. Keep your eye closed while you shower. Use a clean washcloth every time and normal tap water to clean secretions from your lashes or the corner of your eye.
What is the fastest way to recover from cataract surgery?
- use your eye drops as instructed.
- take it easy for the first 2 to 3 days.
- use your eye shield at night for at least a week.
- take painkillers if you need to.
- bathe or shower yourself as usual.
- wear your eye shield when washing your hair.
- read, watch TV and use a computer.
- use your shield, old glasses or sunglasses outdoors.
How long does it take for blurriness to go away after cataract surgery?
According to the American Optometric Association, approximately 90 percent of patients report having better vision after having cataract surgery. After cataract surgery, it’s normal for your vision to be blurry at first as your eye recovers. The blurred vision will typically go away within a few days.
How many days after cataract surgery can you wash your hair?
It is best to wait two days after surgery before washing your hair.
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 are the do’s and don’t after cataract surgery?
Don’t do any heavy lifting or strenuous activity for a few weeks. Immediately after the procedure, avoid bending over, to prevent putting extra pressure on your eye. If at all possible, don’t sneeze or vomit right after surgery. Be careful walking around after surgery, and don’t bump into doors or other objects.