A surgeon removed the cloudy lens in your eye and replaced it with a clear man-made lens. Be sure to have an adult family member or friend drive you home after surgery. Here’s what you can expect following surgery and tips for a healthy recovery.
Bruised or bloodshot eye for 7 days
Itching and mild discomfort for several days
Some fluid discharge
Sensitivity to light
Scratchy, sandlike feeling in the eye for 2 weeks
Feeling tired, especially during the first 24 hours
Do not drive for 2 days or as instructed by your doctor.
Do not drink alcohol for at least 24 hours.
Avoid bending at the waist to pick up objects or lifting anything heavy for 2 days.
Relax for the first 24 hours after surgery. Watching TV and reading are OK and won’t harm your eye.
Do not rub or press on your eye.
Sleep on your back or on your unoperated side for 2 nights.
If instructed, wear a bandage over your eye for 2 days and 2 nights.
If instructed, wear a shield to protect your eye for 2 days and 2 nights.
You may be given special eyedrops or ointment. Here is one way to use eyedrops:
Tilt your head back.
Pull your bottom eyelid down.
Squeeze one drop into your eye. Do not touch your eye with the bottle tip.
Close your eyes for a few seconds.
If you need more than one drop, wait a few minutes before adding the next one.
Bleeding or discharge from the eye
Your vision suddenly becomes worse
Pain medicine you are told to take does not ease your pain
Nausea or vomiting
Chills or fever over 100.4°F (39.1°C)