Recovery following cataract surgery is quick and improvement in vision is noticeable within the first few days. From two weeks after your surgery, you can proceed back to your normal activities.

On the day of your surgery, our admissions nurse will guide you through the post-operative process.

After your surgery, you will receive:

  • a medication discharge pack
  • post-operative instructions
  • an eye drop chart
  • a post-operative appointment date and time at myeyespecialist

Following your surgery

First week

  • Be careful walking down steps
  • Avoid swimming and gardening
  • Do not lift heavy weights
  • Avoid exercise which puts your head lower than your hips e.g. yoga
  • No contact sports
  • Shower as normal. Close your eyes when rinsing your face or hair under the shower
  • Do not wear make up or eye cream for 2 weeks
  • Avoid rubbing or touching your eye
  • You can drive 48 hrs after surgery providing you feel confident doing so. You may need to check with your vehicle insurer regarding any restrictions on your policy relating to eye surgery.

Second week

  • Avoid swimming and gardening
  • Moderate weights and aerobic exercise is ok
  • Avoid rubbing your eye

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