How long are you in hospital for a cataract operation?
You can expect to be in hospital for between 3 and 6 hours. We ask patients to arrive at specific times to allow plenty of time for all the pre-operative checks and examination to be made before your surgeon starts the operating list.
How soon can I 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.
Do you have to stay overnight after cataract surgery?
Cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure and does not require an overnight stay. You should not drive until your vision has returned to normal so you will need someone to take you home. For a few weeks after the operation, you will need to avoid rubbing your eye and strenuous activity.
What happens on the day of cataract surgery?
It’s normal to feel itching and mild discomfort for a couple of days after surgery. Avoid rubbing or pushing on your eye. Your doctor may ask you to wear an eye patch or protective shield the day of surgery.
How long does a cataract operation take to heal?
Your eye will feel normal again 24 hours after surgery. However, your sensitivity to light may persist for a few more days. It will take four to six weeks for your eye to fully heal.
How soon can you drive after cataract surgery?
Cataract surgery is one of the safest, most successful surgeries involving the eye. Most people notice a significant improvement in their vision and can resume everyday activities, including driving, within 24 hours after cataract surgery.
When can I 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.
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.
What time of year is best for cataract surgery?
One of the best reasons for scheduling your cataract surgery for wintertime is so that your eyes will be healed and seeing clearly in time for all the natural beauty and outdoor activity that comes with warmer weather.
How do you wash your hair after cataract surgery?
It’s usually considered safe to wash your hair 24 hours after you have cataract surgery. However, you should keep your eyes closed and avoid getting any water or shampoo in your eye, and, it’s advised that you use a mild or baby shampoo. You should also avoid rubbing your eye.
What is the most common complication of cataract surgery?
A long-term consequence of cataract surgery is posterior capsular opacification (PCO). PCO is the most common complication of cataract surgery. PCO can begin to form at any point following cataract surgery.