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After Cataract Surgery

What to Expect After Cataract Surgery:

In order to ensure a safe and comfortable recovery, patients adhere to the Milan Eye Center post cataract surgery rules. While our Atlanta cataract surgeons will provide a specific post-surgery plan, these general guidelines should be followed unless stated otherwise by a Milan Eye Center physician.

Immediately after cataract surgery, patients should have another adult present to assist with moving around for the rest of the day. Patients should not drive or operate dangerous equipment for 24 hours after the procedure or while taking pain medication. While patients can resume a regular diet as tolerated, they should only increase activity the day after the procedure and resume all normal medication regimens only after consulting with a Milan Eye Center doctor.

Specifically regarding the eye, patients should not bump or rub the eye, and wear eye shield should be for sleeping for one week after the cataract surgery. On the day of the surgery, the eye shield can be removed to use the scheduled, medicated eye drops. Patients should also avoid bending at the waist with the head below the waist for at least two weeks after surgery.

Finally, all follow up appointments with the staff at Milan Eye Center should be kept and all postoperative prescription eye drops and ointments should be used exactly as directed.

Patients can expect blurry vision over the next few days following their cataract surgery. Minor discomfort should be expected and the treated eye may feel scratchy and watery once the numbness dissipates. Tylenol or Advil should be adequate for treating any pain and any discomfort should improve within a few days. Patients can obtain new glasses when their vision has stabilized after 4-6 weeks.

Patients are allowed to use their eye for visual tasks including reading, watching television, or playing cards. These activities will not harm or affect the eye in anyway. Patients may also walk, climb stairs, cook, and perform light household chores.

Any strenuous activity should not be done for two weeks after surgery, and patients should avoid bending over at the waist while lowering their head, for at least two weeks after surgery. Finally, patients should call their doctor at Milan Eye Center if they have any questions or experience any of the following:

  • Excessive pain that is unrelieved by Tylenol
  • Increasing redness or soreness of the eye
  • Flashes of light that persist
  • A veil coming over your vision
  • Grey or blackened vision
  • Fever over 101 degrees
  • Persistent nausea or vomiting

Milan Eye Center believes all patients can have the best opportunity for successfully removing cataracts by staying informed about what to do before cataract surgery, during cataract surgery, and after cataract surgery.