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Cataract Surgery and RLE Recovery – Do’s and Don’ts

DO Rest

Resting or sleeping is the best remedy for any post-operative discomfort from cataract surgery or RLE. Use the additional Valium that is provided, if necessary, and get some rest.

DO Wear Your Eyeshield at Bedtime

Start using your prescription eye drops as soon as you get up from your nap post-cataract surgery or RLE. Please wait five minutes in between drops.

  • Gatifloxacin/Prednisolone Acetate Mix: Shake the bottle well. During the first week post-surgery, use one drop four times a day (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and before bed). In the second week, reduce dosage to one drop two times a day, once in the morning and once before bed. And, during the third and fourth weeks following surgery, use one drop once a day.
  • Flurbiprofen: Shake the bottle well. During the first week post-surgery, use one drop four times a day (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and before bed). In the second week, reduce dosage to one drop two times a day, once in the morning and once before bed. And, during the third and fourth weeks following surgery, use one drop once a day.
  • Artificial Tears: Some patients experience scratchiness or irritation with mild light sensitivity to the lids in the operated eye for the first several days. This is generally worse in the morning and improves as the day goes on. For sensitivity, we recommend Ibuprofen (Advil), in addition to frequent dosing of preservative-free lubricant teardrops (artificial tears). Artificial tears can be used as often as necessary to relieve the dry or scratchy sensation you may be experiencing post-surgery. Nonprescription, preservative-free lubrication drops may be instilled in the operated eye immediately after surgery and as often as needed. You will be using these preservative-free drops for several weeks. They are available over the counter and can be purchased at your local pharmacy. Most patients find these to be helpful between medication eye drops, particularly in the morning. A preserved tear (sold in a bottle vs. individual dispensers) may be used after six weeks.

DO Wear Your Eyeshield at Bedtime

You should tape the protective shield over your surgical eye at night time for one week after cataract surgery or RLE. You may, of course, wear the shield longer if you wish to do so.

DO NOT rub or touch your eyes for one week after your procedure.

Patients can experience eyelid swelling, tenderness, and slight redness in the eyes for several days following cataract surgery or RLE. No hard rubbing of the eyes should be done for four weeks following surgery.

DO NOT wear makeup on or around the eye, eyelid, or waterline for one week after surgery.

DO NOT swim or sit in a hot tub for at least two weeks after your procedure.

However, other physical activities (biking, working out, etc.) may be resumed on the second day following the cataract surgery or RLE. Do not expose yourself to high-risk activities that can result in a direct blow to the eyes, like an elbow to the face in basketball, for at least the first-month post-operation. If you participate in high-risk activities, always wear protective eyewear.

NO Heavy weightlifting over 15 lbs. is prohibited for one-week post procedure.

NO smoking for one week after the procedure. 
AVOID gardening or dusty environments for one week after the procedure.