Cataracts: Eye Care After Surgery - Topic Overview
After surgery to remove a
cataract, you will need to:
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.
eye. Do not rub or press it. You may need to wear a rigid shield over your
If you have pain, use a pain reliever such as acetaminophen
(Tylenol). 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:
It's important for adults to have eye exams on a regular basis to check for problems. Regular eye exams are critical for detecting:
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD)
But everyone needs regular eye exams. This is particularly important if you have risk factors or a family history of eye problems. Children need their vision checked at 6 months, 3 years, and before first grade. Adults should see an eye doctor at least every two years and...