For most people, recovery following cataract surgery is quick and improvement in vision is noticeable within the first few days. Some people may take longer. It is normal for the eye to feel scratchy for the first few days. Sometimes the eye looks red for a few days, but most of the time it looks and feels normal.

Most people choose to take one to two weeks off work, depending on how easy it is to keep the eye clean at work and to use the drops regularly.

What to do and not to do for the first two weeks

You can use your eyes as much as you like, it is OK to read, watch TV or use the computer.

In the first week:

Avoid strenuous activity, lifting heavy weights and any exercise which puts your head lower than your hips eg. yoga. Shower and wash your hair as normal but avoid getting water into your eyes. Close your eyes when you are rinsing your face and hair.

Avoid touching your eye and do not rub it.

For the first two weeks:

Avoid swimming and gardening.

Do not wear make up or eye cream. After two weeks, you can return to your normal activities.

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