Five Questions About Cataract Surgery


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When can I return to work?

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The majority of you (around 98%) will undergo a straight forward procedure and can return to work between 1-2 weeks depending, of course, on what kind of work you do. Its important to remember that although the surgical wound is only 2.8 mm in size it does not heal completely for several weeks. Therefore, if your job involves heavy lifting or straining it is best avoided.

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How do I take care of my eye after cataract surgery? What are the do's and dont's?
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Following cataract surgery you will be provided with eyedrops and instruction on how often and for how long you need to use them.
Your eye will be covered with a clear plastic shield which you should continue to use for 7 days when you go to bed. This is to reduce the chance of the eye getting knocked while you are asleep.
During the day, no specific protection is required but you can continue to use you existing glasses.
You should avoid lifting and straining for the first two weeks as well as swimming.
​You will be able to resume most activities within a few days (reading, watching TV, shopping, going for walks, cycling and driving etc) as long as you exercise some caution.
Remember to wash your hands before using your eyedrops or touching your eye.

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When can I go to see an optician?

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Usually after 6 weeks although you should be able to manage most work either with or without your existing glasses during this period.

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How soon can I have my other eye operated?

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Although both eyes can be operated on the same day I usually suggest a minimum gap of 2 days or 48 hours between the two operations.

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Will the cataract grow back?

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Once the cataract is removed it cannot grow back, ​however, the vision may get misty again usually between 2-5 years down the line, as a film can form over the back surface of the artificial lens implant. This is usually picked up during a routine opticians eye test and is easily treated with a special laser carried out by an eye doctor.