What will happen post-surgery?1

After the operation1, itching and mild discomfort in the treated eye is normal, as is some fluid discharge. Your eye might also be sensitive to light and touch.

But this discomfort should disappear within a few days or weeks.

To aid healing and decrease the risk of infection, you may be advised to use eye drops for a few weeks.

Here are some other tips that might help your eye in the recovery period:

  • Wear an eye shield or eyeglasses
  • Avoid rubbing or pressing on your eye

  • Avoid bending from the waist to pick up objects
  • Do not attempt to lift anything heavy
  • Do not do physically strenuous activities

You can walk, climb stairs and do light housework during your recovery period.

In most cases, your eye will heal within about eight weeks. If you do have any concerns about your recovery please speak to your eye care professional.

1. National Eye Institute. Facts about cataract. Available at:
https://nei.nih.gov/health/cataract/cataract_facts Last accessed March 2017.