Frequent question: How long do you need someone with you after cataract surgery?

Do you need someone to take care of you after cataract surgery?

You must have someone available to drive you home after the procedure. You’ll be given a pair of sunglasses to wear on the trip home to protect your eye from bright light and glare. If you are sleepy or tired when you get home, you might want to rest in bed for a few hours.

Can I stay home alone after cataract surgery?

Most people who have cataract surgery can go home the same day. The patient will need someone to drive them home. Itching and mild discomfort are normal after cataract surgery.

Can you walk immediately 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.

How do you 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. Use a clean washcloth every time and normal tap water to clean secretions from your lashes or the corner of your eye.

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Can you go out in the sun after cataract surgery?

You should wear sunglasses outside, but it’s even more important after cataract surgery. Protect your eyes from UV damage and don’t go out unless you have a good pair of sunglasses on!

How long does a cataract operation take?

Cataract surgery is a straightforward procedure that usually takes 30 to 45 minutes. It’s often carried out as day surgery under local anaesthetic and you should be able to go home on the same day.

How long does it take for vision to stabilize after cataract surgery?

The consensus seems to be that it takes 1-3 months. So you should expect your eyes to have stabilized 2-4 months after the surgery. You’ll probably have another Ophthalmologist appointment around that time. That’s when you should be ready to have your eyes tested and be given a new glasses prescription if needed.

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 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.