Post operative Eye Care – Private Cataract Surgery

What will my eye feel like following surgery?

Following your cataract surgery your eye will feel a little puffy, due to the anaesthetic. Over the weekend, the eye should become increasingly comfortable and stop feeling scratchy.

How quickly will I be able to see?

The vision will be blurred for the first 24 hours, due to the surgery and a dilated pupil. It should then start to improve over the next few days. Within the week you may feel able to drive but you may want to buy a pair of off the shelf reading glasses – to assist near vision. You may find sunglasses helpful outside.

Will the eye hurt following surgery?

Generally eyes are comfortable if a little scratchy following surgery. If the eye becomes uncomfortable try regular paracetamol for 24 hours.

If the eye becomes increasingly painful, with a reduction in vision, this could be a sign of infection and should be reported immediately to

Reema Kakar 023 8076 4976, or at the weekends to the duty sister at the Spire Hospital, 023 8077 5544.

How should I protect my eye following surgery?


  1. Take your drops.
  2. Wear your shield at night for five nights.


  1. Get the eye wet (hair washing) or rub the eye for one week.
  2. Drive or lift heavy weights, or strenuous exercise for 2 weeks.

Can I fly following cataract surgery

You can fly after surgery however if it is immediately post surgery you may want to identify a local ophthalmic surgeon.

Can I bend down following surgery?

You can bend down and do gentle exercise following surgery.

What Drops will I be given?

Tobradex – This is a steroid and antibiotic mix. It is generally prescribed four times a day for two weeks and then a further twice a day for two weeks.

Nevanac – This is a neurofen like drug for the eye. Take it twice a day for one month post surgery

How soon can I return to work?

You can return to work within two weeks or five days with an office based job.

When will I be seen post surgery?

Reema will arrange a 1-2 week outpatient follow up clinic for you.

How to put in Eye Drops:

Although millions of people put in drops every day, doing it easily and accurately if very difficult. Especially if you have poor vision from one eye – e.g. following eye surgery. Many people will have a spouse to help and I will show you two methods one for self-administration and the other for giving someone else eye drops.

Taking Eye Drops yourself

Hand hygiene is vital in taking drops: You must be sure to wash them thoroughly, ideally with an anti-bacterial hand wash, clean them for around 2 minutes at least.

Washing hands is essential before taking drops

Washing hands is essential before taking drops.

How to give eye drops

Giving eye drops.

Find a comfortable chair, which can give your head some support. Open the bottle, turn it upside down and shake it gently to get a drop to the mouth of the bottle.

Tip you head up and look at the ceiling. Rest one hand on your lower face and gently pull down on the lower lid. With the other squeeze the drop on to the lower lid. With practice you will get only one drop in the eye. If more go in don’t worry, as they will soon be washed out.

After taking the drop, press on the lower eyelid below the nose, to reduce tear flow to the nose. Replace the top and if necessary place the bottle in the fridge.

Giving Eye Drops

For many having eye drops given is very useful. To give eye drops first wash your hands as above. Then take the bottle, remove the top and shake vertically to get the drop to the mouth of the bottle.

With one hand hold down the lower lid of the eye, taking care not to touch the eye with the bottle gently drop the treatment onto the lower lid. Be careful not to touch the cornea or clear part of the eye.