Cataract surgery is a routine and effective procedure. However, like with any surgical operation, it does require a period of recovery. Your surgeon will give you specific aftercare instructions you should follow. However, there are some general dos and don’ts you should pay attention to.
Here, we will look at what you expect from the cataract surgery recovery process.
What can you do after cataract surgery?
It will typically take four to six weeks to fully recover after cataracts surgery. During this time, there are things you can do to aid in your recovery.
You will be given an eye shield and eye drops to use after the procedure. The eye shield should be worn all day after the surgery, until the following morning. You will also need to apply the eye drops as recommended by Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon Mr Zaid Shalchi.
You can have a shower and bath as you usually would after the surgery, provided you keep the eyes closed when washing your face. You should wait at least 24 hours before washing your hair.
In most cases, you will still be able to look after children immediately after the procedure. However, this depends on whether you were given a sedative. You can also watch TV and read as normal.
When venturing out, wear sunglasses to protect the eyes from the sun. Your eyes will feel a lot more sensitive as they heal.
What can’t you do after your cataract procedure?
Now that you know what you can do, what about the things you should avoid during your cataract surgery recovery period?
For the first 24 to 48 hours after the surgery, you shouldn’t drive. Some people find it can take a few days to feel well enough to drive. You should also avoid rubbing the eye, as well as getting any type of contaminants in there such as shampoo or soap.
Wearing make-up is another thing to avoid. Ideally, you should invest in new products. This is because there is a lot of bacteria in used make-up, and the eye is more susceptible to infection as it heals. It typically takes four weeks before you can start to wear make-up again.
Avoiding strenuous activity is also advised. It is important to take it easy to allow the body to heal. This includes heavy lifting as well as vigorous exercise. You should also avoid dusting the home as the dust particles could get into the eyes, causing an infection.
These are just some of the recommendations given to those recovering from cataracts surgery. Mr Zaid Shalchi will give you comprehensive guidance to ensure you achieve the best results and avoid potential complications. For more information on cataract surgery, call 020 3953 4999 to arrange a consultation.