What You Shouldn’t Do After Cataract Surgery

For most surgeons, cataract surgery is a regular medical procedure. While this routine procedure is effective and safe, what you do post-surgery can pose a risk to the health of your eyes! To avoid vision issues and let your eyes heal, we have highlighted seven things you should not do after cataract surgery.

Seven Things To Avoid After Cataract Surgery

  1. Driving- Do not drive at least twenty-four hours after the surgery. It is recommended to wait longer if you experience light sensitivity.
  2. Wearing Makeup- Did you know? Makeup can be full of bacteria! Therefore, your eyes are prone to infection while healing. You can resume makeup after your next appointment with your surgeon or ask your surgeon when it is safe to do so.
  3. Performing Strenuous Activity- You should not engage in any strenuous activity until your surgeon instructs that you can. While waiting, you can engage in light activities. Tasks to avoid include exercise, heavy lifting, and other strenuous activities.
  4. Going Near Dusty Areas- You should not dust your house after surgery. In addition, avoid dusty areas until you have fully recovered.
  5. Swimming- Water should not get in your eyes. When you shower, do not aim the shower head at your face. Also, skip any trip to a hot tub or pool two weeks post-surgery.
  6. Do Not Forget To Wear Sunglasses
  7. Don’t Rub Your Eyes

Symptoms To Watch After Your Cataract Surgery

Post cataract surgery, you might experience some symptoms. Contact your ophthalmologist if you experience any of these symptoms below:

  • Vision loss
  • Vomiting, nausea, or excessive coughing
  • Pain despite using over-the-counter pain medications
  • Floaters or light flashes in front of the eyes

Final Thoughts

While you wait for your eyes to heal, make sure you avoid all these things highlighted above. Ideally, most acute discomforts vanish a day or two after cataract surgery. However, if your pain persists even after using eye drops or painkillers, consult your doctor!

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