Taking only around 20 minutes to perform, cataract surgery is short and effective — with some patients seeing clearly within hours of their surgery. Our team of highly qualified eye specialists at George Street Eye Centre are cataract specialists and have some advice on the dos and don’ts after cataract surgery. This post aims to provide tips and ways to help speed up your recovery from cataract surgery.
What not to do after cataract surgery
Everybody is different and your individual healing process will differ from others’ experiences but, in general, your eyes should be structurally healed in about one month post cataract surgery. During your first two weeks of recovery, there are a few things you should avoid to help your eyes heal properly and speed up recovery time:
- Don’t rub your eyes — Dry and itchy eyes is a common annoyance after cataract surgery but rubbing your eyes can displace and damage your new lens.
- Don’t drive immediately after surgery — After surgery, your eyes will feel strained and sensitive. While most patients can drive the day after their surgery, we advise that you avoid driving long distances for at least a week post-operation.
- Don’t do heavy lifting or strenuous activities — An increase in eye pressure levels, which can happen when you exert yourself, is one of the most frequent complications after cataract surgery.
- Don’t use face products and makeup — Getting makeup and face cream particles in your eyes interferes with your cataract surgery recovery and can expose your eyes to infection.
- Don’t swim or use a hot tub — Full of various types of bacteria, pools, oceans and hot tubs should be avoided to keep your eyes free from infection.
What to do post-cataract surgery
In addition to avoiding certain activities, there are ways to help your eyes heal quicker after cataract surgery. Adhering to the following advice should keep you on track for a full and fast recovery:
- Drink plenty of water — Water is one of the best ways to aid your recovery after cataract surgery. It helps with keeping your eyes lubricated as well as keep you healthy and healing.
- Use your prescribed eye drops — One of the most important aspects of cataract surgery aftercare is to apply the given eye drops several times per day, exactly as instructed, to reduce eye inflammation, infection and dryness.
- Prepare food for after your operation — Post cataract surgery your vision might be blurry for a short while, so preparing meals can reduce any stress that you would otherwise experience if you had to cook for yourself with limited vision.
- Wear sunglasses — To keep you from straining your eyes and to protect them from wind, pollen dust and UV, wearing sunglasses is highly recommended.
- Follow your doctor’s advice — Your doctor knows best and following their instructions is paramount to avoid complications after cataract surgery.
The road to recovery
While it may seem like there are many restrictions and instructions to follow when recovering from cataract surgery, there are also things you can do just a few hours post-operation such as watching a bit of TV, spending a short amount of time on your computer and having a bath or shower.
For the best recovery possible without complications, stick to this list of dos and don’ts after cataract surgery and listen to the medical advice of professional doctors like Dr Con Moshegov from George St Eye Centre in Sydney — the expert in laser cataract surgery and many other eye treatments in Australia.
Reach out to us today to find out more about how we can help you achieve better vision. We look forward to hearing from you.
Proposed meta description: Heading into Cataract Surgery soon? Check out this post from George St Eye Centre for all you need to know on the do & don’ts after Cataract Surgery!