Before you leave the outpatient center, you will get the immediate eye care that you need after cataract surgery. The surgeon will review the symptoms of possible complications, eye protection, activities, medicines and required visits (see below). He or she will also tell you what to do for emergency care if you need it. Portions of the follow-up may be done by another health professional, such as an optometrist or a community health nurse.
The eye that was operated on may be bandaged for one night after surgery. You will wear a protective shield over the eye at night for about a week. There is normally no significant pain after surgery.
You most likely will need to see the doctor for checkups 1 or 2 days after surgery, and again within a few weeks after surgery. If any complications occur, visits should be sooner and more frequent.
Checkups following cataract surgery include:
- Ophthalmoscopy, to evaluate the inside of the eye.
- Measurement of visual acuity and eye pressure (tonometry).
- A slit lamp exam, to check for lens clarity.
Most people get a new eyeglass prescription about 6 weeks after surgery.
Contact your doctor promptly if you notice any signs of complications following cataract surgery, such as:
- Decreasing vision.
- Increasing pain.
- Increasing redness.
- Swelling around the eye.
- Discharge from the eye.
- New floaters, flashes of light, or changes in your field of vision.
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