Ashburton eye clinic

What happens after cataract surgery? Are there any restrictions on my behaviour?

After the operation, there are no limitations on the patient. Usually two to three kinds of drops are required, each to be used three or four times a day after surgery to encourage healing and prevent infection. There are no particular restrictions upon activity except that any direct trauma to the eye would be highly undesirable. There are no restrictions regarding reading or watching television.

On discharge from hospital or day surgery please make sure that you know the dates and times for follow-up visits and you bring all medication to each appointment.

If your eyes remain sore and irritable or if you are concerned about something in relation to operation, please telephone the practice and speak to one of our nursing stuff. They will answer queries and if necessary contact your doctor.

You may experience problems with glare. We suggest you wear sunglasses, which do not have to be prescribed. This is self-limiting and will wear off quickly over a few weeks.

Glasses may be necessary for reading or for distance, or combination of these functions. The glasses are usually prescribed three weeks after surgery by which time the eye is healed.

The success rate for this type of cataract surgery has been well-established of a number of years and the lenses which are used today are extremely safe and well tested.

Sometimes, years after the operation, the vision may start to fade again and this can cause alarm. This is often due to a thickening of the posterior capsule of the eye trying to re-grow and form another cataract. Please do not be alarmed by this as it is very simply dealt with by laser treatment. The capsule can be incised using laser in a simple outpatient procedure in the rooms. This does not represent any failure of the original operation and is a common phenomenon which necessitated the production of specialized machine called the YAG laser for its correction. If you have any questions regarding any of the information contained on this page, or if you have concerns regarding the actual treatment or aftercare procedure, please do not hesitate to contact the Ashburton Eye Clinic.