10 Ways to Prepare for and Recover From Cataract Surgery

Posted by: Eye Health Northwest in Cataracts on January 19, 2022

Planning and scheduling cataract surgery is a significant step for your eyesight. To have a great experience and a successful outcome, you must plan ahead and be ready to commit to the recovery process.

Planning will speed up your recovery and limit potential complications. Keep reading to learn how to prepare for and recover from cataract surgery!

Protect Your Eyes

Though cataract surgery is a short procedure, it is critical to give your eye time to heal afterward. Follow your eye doctor’s instructions and spend a few days relaxing.

Not having anything on your schedule will help you keep your eyes safe. The less time you spend up and about, the better during the first days of recovery.

Use Eye Drops as Directed

After surgery, your eye may feel scratchy or uncomfortable. As part of your recovery, you will need to use eye drops to prevent infection.

Use the eye drops exactly as directed and avoid touching your eye. Following these instructions will help your eye heal.

Arrange for Transportation

Immediately following your cataract surgery, your vision may be blurry. There is also a chance your eye doctor will give you a mild sedative to help you relax during the procedure. 

For these reasons, you need to have someone else drive you home. You may feel fine after, but, likely, you will not be able to drive.

Attend Your Follow-Up Appointments

You will need to see your eye doctor a day after your cataract surgery. They must check on your eye to ensure the procedure went as planned.

Spend Time Relaxing

Though you may feel well enough to resume activities, you should not overdo it. Avoid bending over or lifting heavy objects for at least a week after your surgery.

Light housework or regular walking is okay. But save any intense physical exercise or physically-taxing projects until later.

No Makeup and Lotion

While healing, don’t use makeup or face lotion on or near your eye. Avoid getting soap, shampoo, hair spray, shaving cream, or perfumes near your eye as well.

It is okay to shower and wash your hair the day after your surgery but avoid contact with your eye. Getting anything in your eye while it is healing could lead to infection.

Stay Out of Pools

After cataract surgery, avoid immersing your eye in any water, including pools. If you do, you risk an eye infection from the pool water.

Take a break from the pool for at least a week. The same goes for hot tubs and saunas, too. 

Ask About Medications

Before your surgery, share your list of medications with your eye doctor. They will tell you when you can resume taking them after cataract surgery.

Wear Sunglasses

Even if you don’t usually wear sunglasses, you should start after cataract surgery. Wear them on bright days to protect your eyes for up to a year after the procedure.

Call Your Eye Doctor

It is normal to have blurry vision after cataract surgery, but that should disappear within three days. However, it takes up to ten weeks to get the full benefit of the procedure.

But, if you have any of the following problems, call your eye doctor immediately:

  • Worsening eyesight
  • Discharge from your eye
  • Increasing eye pain
  • Strange flashes of light
  • Redness or swelling that doesn’t go away

These could be signs that something is wrong. Your eye doctor will examine your eye to ensure everything is healthy.

If you are having an issue, they will provide immediate treatment. Usually, side-effects like these resolve independently, but it’s best to have your eye doctor check to be sure.

Is it time for you to have cataract surgery? Schedule an appointment at Eye Health Northwest in Portland, OR, to discuss cataract surgery further!


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Aloha (OES)
18345 SW Alexander St,
Suite A
Aloha, OR 97003
(503) 642-2505 see more
Gresham
24601 SE Stark St.
Suite 245
Troutdale, OR 97060
(503) 255-2291 see more
Hillsboro
6111 NE Cornell Rd
Hillsboro, OR 97124
(503) 846-9400 see more
Lake Oswego (OES)
9 Monroe Parkway, Suite 160
Lake Oswego, OR 97035
(503) 636-2551 see more
Milwaukie
11086 SE Oak St
Milwaukie, OR 97222
(503) 656-4221 see more
Mt. Tabor
5935 SE Division St.
Portland, OR 97206
503 777-5546 see more
Newberg (OES)
2318 Portland Rd, Suite 300
Newberg, OR 97132
(503) 538-1341 see more
North Portland
3246 N. Lombard
Portland, OR 97217
(503) 285-1671 see more
Northwest Portland
1955 NW Northrup St
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 227-2020 see more
Oregon City
1306 Division St
Oregon City, OR 97045
(503) 656-4221 see more
Peterkort
9555 SW Barnes Rd.
#201 (2nd floor)
Portland, OR 97225
(503) 227-2020 see more
Providence
5050 NE Hoyt St., #245
Portland, OR 97213
(503) 255-2291 see more
Providence Portland (OES)
5050 NE Hoyt St., Suite 445
Portland, OR 97213
(503) 231-0166 see more
Providence St. Vincent (OES)
9135 SW Barnes Rd., Suite 961
Portland, OR 97225
(503) 292-0848 see more
Southeast Portland
10819 SE Stark St,
Portland, OR 97216
(503) 255-2291 see more
Sunnyside
12050 SE Stevens Rd, Suite 100
Happy Valley, OR 97086
(503) 783-3300 see more
Tigard
15298 SW Royalty Parkway
Tigard OR 97224
(503) 227-2020 see more
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Wilsonville, OR 97070
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