Eye Care After Cataract Surgery and Lens Implants
Modern cataract procedures are incredibly safe and efficient. Patients who undergo such operations typically enjoy a success rate of 98 percent, according to the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. 98 percent is certainly not a number to shy away from. Once the operation is complete, it’s time for the recovery period. This is the point where following your doctor’s instructions is crucial. You’ll be given the knowledge to care for your eyes after surgery correctly. Use it!
Immediately following your cataract surgery, a protective shield will be placed over your eye/s. This shield is held in place using surgical tape and is designed to decrease the risk of injury from rubbing or bumping the affected eye. You’ll also be administered dark sunglasses to protect from light sensitivity along the ride home.
It’s common to feel groggy after the operation, especially if you received medication to help you relax. In most cases, you’ll spend some time in a recovery room before being released from the hospital or surgical center.
The Next Few Weeks
In the following weeks, you’ll be allowed to bathe or shower, but should avoid water in your eye. Typically, you’ll have scheduled follow-up visits with your surgeon – usually the day after the operation.
Some things to consider:
- Have someone drive you for your follow-up visits
- Try to wear ultraviolet protective sunglasses when hanging around outdoors
- Continue to use your prescribed eye drops according to the schedule your doctor provided
- You should be able to drive or return to work within a week
- If your vision is blurry after a week, you may require corrective eyewear. Visit your surgeon promptly