You are entitled to hospital or medical leave after your cataract surgery, so try to take a rest. 

What should you do after phaco cataract surgery?

You may read and watch TV, gentle exercises are fine too. You can go out, but try to avoid crowded and dusty places. Wearing sunglasses when you are outdoors may help to keep your eyes comfortable and less sensitive to light.

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You will be given eye drops for about a month to prevent infection and reduce inflammation. Follow your doctor’s instructions carefully. If you need to, ask a family member or friend to help instill the eye drops.  If you were to go out, make sure you have access to hand hygiene facilities so that you can clean your hands before you instill your eye drops.

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For mild pain, you may take Paracetamol. If you have pain that is not relieved by this medicine, call your doctor.

When you sleep, please put on the eye shield given to you for at least 1 week so that you don’t press on the operated eye. 

What shouldn’t you do after Phaco cataract surgery?

For the first few days, your vision may be blurred, so be careful to avoid falling over or hurting your head or eye, especially if the operated eye is padded and the other eye also suffers from poor vision.

It is common to experience some eye irritation and discharge after surgery. However, for the first month, refrain from rubbing or touching your eye. Also avoid getting dust or soap water in your eye. Do not swim; do not use a hot tub, visit a sauna or spa. This is because there is a small wound in your eye, and you need to prevent it from getting contaminated. 

No matter how small your wound is, try to avoid exerting yourself. Try not to bend over, carry heavy loads or perform strenuous exercises. Leave that 10km marathon to the next few months, and take a break from carrying the grandchildren for 2 to 3 weeks. Let your eye heal. 

You may find that your pre-existing spectacles are not right anymore after the cataract operation. This is because the power of your operated eye has changed due to the surgery. Usually the power of the operated eye would stabilize at 1 month after the operation, at which time you can be measured for a new power for your glasses.

Refrain from driving or riding a motorcycle till you are confident that your vision is clear.