Cataract Surgery

POST OPERATIVE ADVICE 

The cataract has been removed from your eye and an artificial lens has been placed in the eye.

*   Keep the shield on for the first night 

                Be careful walking or performing any tasks

*   Do not rub the eye

            *   Eye drops     

                Starting the day after surgery

– use the eye drops 4 times a day until  your next doctors appointment.

            *   Pain Medication

                Take your usual pain medication but do not exceed recommended dosages.

            *   Keep water out of your eye for 14 days after the operation  

                  Shower and bath as usual.  Be especially careful when washing your hair.

            *   Keep dust out of your eye where possible.

            *   Avoid straining   

                 Gentle exercise only.

            *   Wear sunglasses  

                  Dark glasses recommended especially in strong light.

            *   TV and Reading    

                 These activities are acceptable.

*   Driving

It is not advisable to drive a vehicle for the first 24 hours.

PAIN                                                                                                               

If you experience any significant sharp pain, decreasing vision or sudden onset of ‘many floaters & flashing lights’ you should contact:

*Bunbury and Busselton Eye Doctors   9791 4111    Monday – Friday  08.30am – 5pm

* Accident & Emergency at Bunbury Regional Hospital out of the above working hours

GENERAL  ANAESTHETIC  

If you have had a general anaesthetic/sedation your judgement may be impaired for up to 24 hours.

We advise that you should:                                                

*   Not drive a car or operate machinery                                                              

*   Not travel alone on public transport, drink alcohol or sign important documents

*   Have someone stay overnight with you                                                                                   

*   Continue your normal medication unless otherwise advised