Cataract surgery is an extremely common surgery, and it typically takes just 10 minutes to perform. Though the surgery is simple compared to other medical procedures, it is still just as important to take care of yourself post-surgery and allow your eyes time to heal properly. As you do your research and prepare for cataract surgery, be sure to talk to your ophthalmologist about what recovery after surgery looks like. Until you’re able to meet with your doctor, take a look at what the professionals at Broberg Eye Care have to say about taking care of your eyes after cataract surgery.
As we mentioned before, cataract surgery typically takes 10 minutes from start to finish. After the procedure, you will most likely wait in a recovery room until the anesthesia begins to wear off. While you may feel well enough to drive yourself home, we strongly encourage all patients to have a family member or friend drive them home after cataract surgery. Aside from side effects of anesthesia, many individuals experience clouded vision immediately following cataract surgery, which is why having someone else drive you home is for your own safety.
When you arrive home after cataract surgery, it’s time to take it easy. Rest as much as you can. We even encourage patients to take a nap when they get home, if possible. If you notice bruising around your eye from the anesthesia, or popped blood vessels from the pressure your eyes experienced, do not worry. Both of these side effects should fade within a few days.
After you’ve rested for at least a few hours at home, it is OK to watch TV in moderation, shower or bathe, and work on the computer. For at least one week, you should avoid swimming pools and hot tubs. For the next few weeks, you should avoid activities that may lead to getting dirt or dust in your eyes, such as gardening or dusting. Lastly, we advise patients to refrain from cooking for at least one week after cataract surgery. Read more about cooking after cataract surgery.
If your doctor prescribed antibiotic eye drops, take them for as long as prescribed, even if your eyes feel completely normal. The eye drops aid the healing process and help prevent infection. You will have several visits with your ophthalmologist in the days and weeks after cataract surgery. He or she will evaluate your eyes to make sure everything is healing as expected. You will also be fitted with new glasses, should you need them.
Follow these guidelines for taking care of your eyes after cataract surgery, and you will be able to resume your normal routine in no time. If you have any specific questions about recovering from cataract surgery, the doctors at Broberg Eye Care would be happy to answer them. Contact us today!