Can I help my healing after Cataract Surgery – Restrictions after Cataract Eye Surgery

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It is vital that you return to the clinic so your healing progress and improved vision can be monitored, and if required, adjustments made in the doses of the various eye drops prescribed specifically for your eyes. Failure to attend your post-operative appointments could jeopardise your results.

To help the healing of your eyes after your Cataract Surgery you will be prescribed some drops. It is vitally important that you wash your hands every time before you put drops in your eyes, especially during the first week.

If you love animals and have pets at home, please make sure your dog or your cat is not allowed to your bedroom during first few days after your Procedure.

If you have small grand-children and they happen to have red eyes or any other eye problems, please make sure they are separated from you as soon as you notice the problem with their eyes. In this case also please let us know by calling on our emergency line so we can adjust your treatment.
There are minimal post-operative restrictions after Cataract Surgery, and many patients will achieve driving vision within a couple of days. The restrictions after cataract operation are similar to restrictions after Laser Eye Surgery.

Please do not rub your eyes.

For post-operative monitoring and care we require you to visit our clinic one day, one week, three weeks and then every year after your Cataract Operation.

Regular yearly check-ups are essential in monitoring your vision.

You will be prescribed or given eye drops for approximately 3 weeks to aid in the healing of your eyes. Written instructions for their use and post-operative care will also be provided. This will include advice regarding emergency after hours care, including a 24-hour Direct Emergency phone number, should you require personal or medical help.

Visual acuity gradually improves over a period of several days, although it could take a little longer in some cases. Your unaided vision should be restored within 3-4 weeks. This depends upon the overall health of your eyes.

You might require temporary glasses to balance your eyes if there is a significant interval between your left and right eye Cataract Surgery procedures.

It will be critical to the success of your cataract operation to obey the following strict guidelines.

  • Week One: No eye make-up, no swimming, low impact exercise only.
  • Week Two: Still no swimming, but gym, aerobics, weights, running and other physical exercise are okay.
  • Up to Three Weeks: You should not engage in any form of contact sport, such as football, basketball, martial arts, etc.
  • Do not drive until you are comfortable with your vision.
  • Do not use any eye drops or eye treatments that have not been prescribed for you by our Doctors

During the period between cataract operation on your left and right eyes, visual co-ordination may be slightly impaired. And you may have difficulty reading or driving. Please do not drive until you feel comfortable about your vision.

By this time you’ll notice all sorts of things that make everyday life better.

Is there an emergency phone line if problems occur?

You will be provided with a post-operative 24-Hour Direct Emergency phone number that operates day and night, 7 days a week.

You must phone us immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms,.

  • Sudden pain.
  • Sudden loss of vision.
  • Injury to your eye.
  • Nausea, vomiting, or excessive coughing.

In an emergency, we will be available to our patients 7 days a week.

At Medownick Laser Clinic, we work as a team of highly skilled Doctors, Clinical Optometrists, Orthoptists, qualified Nurses and trained Counsellors, all committed to seeing you achieve a successful outcome, in a friendly, caring environment.

We make every effort to ensure that your cataract operation will be comfortable, event free, and will provide you with the best possible vision outcome.

To discuss how we can improve your Vision with Cataract Operation, call us FREE on 1800 DR EYES (1800 37 3937) to talk to one of our Patient Care Team now or Contact us Online for your free cataract surgery assessment today.

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