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					Cataract surgery – post surgery care
Patient information

What should I do after my cataract operation?
• If you have a pad on your eye, which is most likely, leave it on until your first appointment
  with your doctor, unless you are otherwise advised.
• Until your eye pad is removed, you may need assistance using stairs and pouring liquids.
• If you experience any pain take Panadol or Panadeine. If pain persists, please call our
  Emergency Department on (03) 9929 8666.
• Start using your eye drops at home after your first doctor’s visit. Your doctor will explain
  how to use them. Please take all your eye drops with you to every doctor’s appointment.
• Once your doctor has removed your eye pad you may, at first, find it more comfortable to
  wear sunglasses inside and outside.


What can I do after my cataract surgery?
After your surgery you can:
• Resume all your usual medication unless otherwise advised
• Read and/or watch television
• Shower, but try to avoid getting soap and water in your eye for at least 2 weeks
• Wear your old glasses if they are comfortable


When can I resume driving?
This depends on how quickly your vision recovers. Usually you are fine to drive a few weeks
after surgery. Please ask your doctor if you have any doubts.


What will happen to my vision following surgery?
You will most likely experience improvement in your vision in the first few days
after surgery. In some cases it may take longer and you may need further
correction with glasses.




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When can I get new glasses?
Your doctor will check for any required changes in your prescription for glasses after about 4
weeks from the time of the operation.


When should I contact my doctor?
Please contact your local doctor or our Emergency Department if you notice any of the
following:
• Increased or prolonged pain, or redness, in the operated eye
• Decreased sight in the operated eye
• Discharge from the operated eye
• Flashing lights
• Nausea and vomiting
• Severe headaches


If, at any time, you have any questions or concerns, please call our Emergency
Department, which is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, on (03) 9929 8666.


Is there anything I should not do after my cataract surgery?
To assist your recovery:
• Do not rub your eye
• Do not swim for at least 2 weeks after your surgery
• Do not play body contact sports
• Avoid gardening for at least 2 weeks after your surgery
• If you have stitches, avoid bending or lifting heavy objects




Disclaimer
This document describes the generally accepted practice at the time of publication only. It is only a summary of clinical knowledge
regarding this area. The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital makes no warranty, express or implied, that the information
contained in this document is comprehensive. They accept no responsibility for any consequence arising from inappropriate
application of this information.



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