You will be seen the day after cataract surgery and the eye pad will be removed.
Please bring your drops with you. Also bring a pair of sunglasses or clip on shades to use on your way home.
Will my eye be very painful?
Your eye may be red, irritated or watery following surgery. This usually improves over the first week, but it may take several weeks to settle down. Panadol may be used every 4 hours for mild pain.
If you notice worsening pain or sudden decrease in vision in the first 2 weeks please contact your eye specialist on 9796 4176 or the mobile number given to arrange for an urgent review.
When will my vision recover?
This will depend on the health of your eye and the success of the surgery. As a general rule, vision is often quite blurred straight after surgery and usually improves over the next few weeks. The eye takes 1-2 months to recover its full strength. After this time your glasses may need altering to improve your final vision.
What can I do at home?
Modern cataract surgery has a good success rate and the eye recovers much more quickly. It is still a major operation and you should plan to take things quietly for 1-2 weeks.
- Always wear sunglasses outdoors.
- Avoid rubbing or touching the operated eye, dusty environment and gardening for the first 2 weeks.
- Use the drops as marked. Instill one drop of each, four times a day for the next month or until they run out. Leave a few minutes between each drop.
- Do not let water enter your eye during the first week after surgery. You may wipe your face and head with a wet towel, but do not wash your hair if you cannot keep water out of the eye.
As a general rule, try to avoid conditions which will irritate the eye such as sun, wind smoke or dust.
You should not drive until you have discussed this with your eye specialist.