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After surgery to remove a

  • Use eyedrops as prescribed by your doctor. Wash
    your hands before putting drops in your eye. Be careful not to touch your eye
    with your hands or the tip of the medicine dropper.
  • Protect your
    eye. Do not rub or press it. You may need to wear a rigid shield over your
  • You can use an over-the-counter pain reliever such as acetaminophen
    (Tylenol). Be safe with medicines. Read and follow all instructions on the label. It is common to have a scratchy feeling in the operated eye and pain
    or soreness in the jaw on the operated side. If pain is not relieved, contact
    your doctor immediately. Pain may be a sign of
  • Notify your doctor if you have loss of vision,
    nausea, vomiting, excessive coughing, or pain in the eye. These may be signs of
    a complication from the surgery.
  • Watch for signs of infection
    (redness, pain, and swelling) in the eye.

The day after surgery, you will most likely be allowed to return to
your normal activities. But you need to take certain precautions:

  • Wear your glasses or sunglasses when you are
  • Do not get anything in the eye from which the cataract was
  • Carefully clean around the eye from which the cataract was
    removed. Use warm water and do not use soap. It is normal to have some drainage
    around the eye.
  • Do not let water run over your eye or into your
    face. Shampoo your hair by leaning your head back.
  • Do not swim for
    about 3 weeks.

It is normal to have blurred vision after surgery. Most likely you
will need to wear glasses to have clear vision.

Contact your doctor promptly if you notice any signs of complications
following cataract surgery, such as:

  • Decreasing vision.
  • Increasing
  • Increasing redness.
  • Swelling around the
  • Any discharge from the eye.
  • Any new
    flashes of light, or changes in your field of

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ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Kathleen Romito, MD – Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Carol L. Karp, MD – Ophthalmology

Current as ofMarch 3, 2017