Can you lay face down after cataract surgery?
Cataract surgery should not affect how you sleep, aside from wearing the protective eye shield to avoid rubbing the eye. Rubbing your eye or even water splashing in your eye can aggravate the chances of infection. You may also want to avoid sleeping on the side of the operated eye for the first 24 hours.
How long after cataract surgery can you put your head down?
Avoid rubbing and scratching your eyes, at all costs! Do not submerge your head underwater for at least a week post-op. Avoid wearing make-up, eye make-up especially, for at least 2-3 weeks post-surgery. If you experience vision loss, persistent pain, light flashes, nausea or vomiting, see your doctor right away.
Why can’t you put your head down after cataract surgery?
“High eye pressure can interfere with the incision before it fully heals,” says Eghrari. “Positions that put your head below your waist, such as bending over, can also increase eye pressure and should be avoided initially after surgery.”
How many days rest is needed after cataract surgery?
Most people are able to return to work or their normal routine in 1 to 3 days. After your eye heals, you may still need to wear glasses, especially for reading. This care sheet gives you a general idea about how long it will take for you to recover.
How do you stay face down after eye surgery?
Instead of getting a special face-down pillow with a space cut out for your face, you can arrange a large towel into a horseshoe shape to support your head as you sleep. You can also place trays on top of pillows or bean bags to make a useful surface for eating, reading or using a laptop or tablet.