3 Tips for Cataract Surgery Recovery

Man SmilingFollowing cataract surgery at New Eyes, your surgeon will provide you with detailed aftercare instructions to ensure comfort and proper healing throughout your recovery. Depending on your individual situation, you may receive some specific instructions that are personalized to your needs, but here are a few general tips that can help cataract surgery patients have a successful recovery:

1. Keep your eyes protected.

The surgeons at New Eyes recommend protective eyewear and to avoid eye irritants (dust, dirt, pollen, etc.) as much as possible for approximately a week after surgery. Your eye doctor will also prescribe medicated eye drops that should be used as directed to avoid infection.

2. Take it easy.

Make sure you have a ride to and from your procedure, and get some rest once you return home. You should avoid bending over immediately after surgery, as that can put additional pressure on the eye. After a few hours, it may be okay to do things like shower, watch a little bit of TV, or do a small amount of computer work, but it is important to carefully follow your doctor’s orders. Heavy lifting and strenuous exercise should be avoided for a few weeks, as well. In your initial consultation, your surgeon can provide you with a more specific timeline for each of these activities, as well as any other parts of your regular routine. The New Eyes surgeons also advise all post-surgical patients to avoid swimming or going in a hot tub for one week after surgery.

3. Attend all follow-up appointments.

Your eye doctor will schedule several follow-up appointments after your procedure. It is crucial and required that you attend all of these appointments, as it can help your doctor monitor your healing and avoid any potential complications.

To learn more about cataract surgery, or to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced ophthalmologists, please contact New Eyes today.