Do’s & Don’ts After Cataract Surgery in Arizona

July 13th, 2021

With millions of Americans receiving cataract diagnoses, cataract surgery is more common than ever. We highly recommend that you come in for a consultation if you have any of the common symptoms of cataracts or any other vision issues. This simple outpatient procedure replaces riskier traditional methods and restores your vision. However, it’s important to find experienced surgeons to perform the procedure. Fortunately, Swagel Wootton Eye Institute specializes in cataract and LASIK surgery in Mesa and Chandler.

Read on for an easy-to-follow list of do’s and don’ts that can help you protect your eyes as they recover from cataract surgery.

What to Expect During Cataract Surgery Recovery

Cataract surgery only lasts about an hour, and you can go home after the eye doctor clears you to do so. However, you’ll need a ride since you can’t drive following the procedure. We’ll go over what to expect during cataract surgery when you meet with your surgeon for a consultation. In the meantime, we’ve put together a list of dos and don’ts to help you set some boundaries during cataract surgery recovery.

Do’s: Taking These Steps Can Facilitate Healing

These practices can help your eyes rest and heal following cataract surgery:

  • Apply eye drops as directed by the ophthalmologist. You may need to do so for a few weeks or as directed by the eye doctor.
  • Resume light activities such as walking, watching TV and reading.
  • Keep your protective eye cover on even while you sleep. Try not to turn your head to the side to avoid disturbing the treated eye.
  • Close your eyes while in the shower and avoid putting your face under the water.
  • Rest and relax, especially the day of and day after surgery.
  • Wear the protective shield and eye shades as directed by your doctor.
  • Be careful walking after surgery. It may be hard to see, making it easy to trip on objects and even run into things.

Don’ts: Avoid These Actions to Prevent Injury and Setbacks

Most importantly NEVER rub you eye or put anything in your eye except the eye drops prescribed by our eye doctors in Mesa and Chandler.

  • Avoid bending over the day of your surgery since it puts pressure on your eye.
  • Do not go swimming or get into a hot tub for up to two weeks after cataract surgery.
  • Don’t drive for a full 24 hours or longer following the procedure.
  • Avoid any strenuous activity, including lifting and certain exercises.
  • Do not put on eye makeup unless you clear it first with your ophthalmologist.
  • Stay indoors during dusty and dry weather. Wear protective eyewear if you do have to go out. If sand or dust get into your eye, it can cause an infection.

Most people can shower, work on a computer, or watch TV a few hours after surgery.

The points above will help you navigate the healing process during cataract surgery recovery. However, if you have any questions, call us anytime to speak with one of our eye doctors in Mesa and Chandler.

Contact Swagel Wootton Eye Institute today to book a consultation with a cataract surgery specialist or for assistance with the vision needs of your family. We specialize in cataract and LASIK surgery in Mesa and Chandler.