Can you bend your head down after cataract surgery?
Immediately after procedure, avoid bending over that brings more pressure to the eyes. Just like with strenuous activity, bending over can cause a rush of blood to your head that interferes with your recovering eyes.
What happens if you bend after cataract surgery?
Limit Strenuous Activity
“High eye pressure can interfere with the incision before it fully heals,” says Eghrari. “Positions that put your head below your waist, such as bending over, can also increase eye pressure and should be avoided initially after surgery.”
How long does it take for my vision to stabilize after cataract surgery?
The consensus seems to be that it takes 1-3 months. So you should expect your eyes to have stabilized 2-4 months after the surgery. You’ll probably have another Ophthalmologist appointment around that time. That’s when you should be ready to have your eyes tested and be given a new glasses prescription if needed.
What can you not do after cataract surgery?
Don’t do any heavy lifting or strenuous activity for a few weeks. Immediately after the procedure, avoid bending over to prevent putting extra pressure on your eye. If at all possible, don’t sneeze or vomit right after surgery. Be careful walking around after surgery, and don’t bump into doors or other objects.
What should I watch after cataract surgery?
Symptoms to watch for after cataract surgery
- Vision loss.
- Pain that persists despite the use of over-the-counter pain medications.
- Light flashes or multiple spots (floaters) in front of your eye.
- Nausea, vomiting or excessive coughing.
Should you sleep with your head elevated after cataract surgery?
In addition to wearing your eye shield at night, you will also want to avoid sleeping on the side that has been operated on. By reducing irritation, you can decrease your risk of infection and speed your recovery process. This is why your doctor tells you not to sleep on your side after cataract surgery.
What is considered strenuous activity after cataract surgery?
For the first week after cataract surgery, you really need to take it easy. Don’t do any strenuous activities like sprinting or martial arts, and don’t lift any weights heavier than five to 10 pounds.
How long after cataract surgery can I sleep on my side?
Cataract surgery should not affect how you sleep, aside from wearing the protective eye shield to avoid rubbing the eye. Rubbing your eye or even water splashing in your eye can aggravate the chances of infection. You may also want to avoid sleeping on the side of the operated eye for the first 24 hours.
How long does it take for cataract surgery to completely heal?
Often, complete healing occurs within eight weeks. Contact your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following: Vision loss. Pain that persists despite the use of over-the-counter pain medications.
Why is my near vision worse after cataract surgery?
The “big 3” potential problems that could permanently worsen vision after cataract/IOL surgery are: 1) infection, 2) an exaggerated inflammatory response, and 3) hemorrhage. Fortunately, these are quite rare nowadays, occurring less than 1% of the time.