After surgery to remove a
cataract, you will need to:
Use eyedrops as prescribed by your doctor. Wash
your hands before putting drops in your eye. Be careful not to touch your eye
with your hands or the tip of the medicine dropper.
eye. Do not rub or press it. You may need to wear a rigid shield over your
If you have pain, use a pain reliever such as acetaminophen
(Tylenol). It is common to have a scratchy feeling in the operated eye and pain
or soreness in the jaw on the operated side. If pain is not relieved, contact
your doctor immediately. Pain may be a sign of
Notify your doctor if you have loss of vision,
nausea, vomiting, excessive coughing, or pain in the eye. These may be signs of
a complication from the surgery.
Watch for signs of infection
(redness, pain, and swelling) in the eye.
The day after surgery, you will most likely be allowed to return to
your normal activities. But you need to take certain precautions:
Wear your glasses or sunglasses when you are
Do not get anything in the eye from which the cataract was
Carefully clean around the eye from which the cataract was
removed. Use warm water and do not use soap. It is normal to have some drainage
around the eye.
Do not let water run over your eye or into your
face. Shampoo your hair by leaning your head back.
Do not swim for
about 3 weeks.
It is normal to have blurred vision after surgery. Most likely you
will need to wear glasses to have clear vision.
Contact your doctor promptly if you notice any signs of complications
following cataract surgery, such as:
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