Do I have to avoid all activity after cataract surgery?

No. Sometimes avoiding getting the eye wet and avoiding heavy lifting and eye rubbing is advocated, especially in sutureless cataract surgery. Usually nonvigorous activity is ok.
No. After doing topical (no shot) anesthesia and suture less cataract surgery for the last 15 years, I have placed no physical restrictions on my post operative cataract patients except for no vigorous rubbing of the eye and no swimming for one week. Bending, lifting, straining etc are ok and I have seen not a single mishap with this approach.
No. There are a few restrictions after cataract surgery including limiting water into the eye, limiting lifting heavy weights, and avoiding activity with a higher probability of eye injury (ie boxing). Normal activity and light exercise are usually well tolerated.
No. No. Light activity is fine. I tell my patients to avoid heavy lifting, strenuous activity, and bending where their head goes below their waist for 2 weeks.
No, not really. I ususally limit bending and lifting over 15 pounds for the first 5-7 days, but patients can drive, walk, jog, play golf within 24 hours of surgery.
Minimal for 24 hrs. Take is easy for 24 hours after cataract surgery. Your surgeon will see you the day after surgery to advise you further. After 1 week, the eye is usually healed enough that almost all activities can be resumed.
Avoid h2o submersion. Water submersion should be avoided. Pools hot tubs and and tap water are contaminated with low levels of bacteria and even amoeba. The corneal wound can actually draw these pathogens into the eye initially after surgery and possibly even days afterwards. Speak with your doctor about when to resume these activities.
Minimal restrictions. Patients generally need to avoid heavy lifting (more than 20-25 lbs) for about a week, and keep water and debris out of their eyes. Many patients are back on the golf course or at work within a couple of days. More info about cataract surgery: cataract surgery in detroit.
Not always. It depends on the type of cataract surgery. We do suture less micro incision cataract surgery with a 1.5mm to 2.0mm incision which is self sealing. We have had patient ski the next day afterward and even fall head first without any complication, however as a general rule we advise our patients to remain close by for a week following surgery and no swimming diving or gardening for one week.
Do not rub. No. Do not bump or rub the eye, or do anything that could cause you to bump / hit the eye, even with the eyelids closed. Do not submerge the eye under water. You can return to normal daily life; driving (the next day), golf, tennis (with protective eye wear), shopping, cooking, etc.
No. With my surgery, for the past 14 years, I have only had my patients not bump or rub (direct contact to eyeball or through eyelid) their eyes or submerge it under water. They wear a shield when sleeping for 3-4 days after the surgery, to avoid inadvertently rubbing during sleep. They can return to normal activities unless it will involve bumping, rubbing, or submerging the eyes.
It's best as a rule. Avoiding activities following cataract surgery is advisable for two reasons: 1. You've just had major eye surgery and likely taken a sedative or given drugs and they will take some time to wear off so you should not drive "under the influence" for a day or two. 2. You should avoid intense reading or computer work so your eye has a day or two to heal. I've had patients go right to work-don't adviz.
Nope. Most patients return to nearly full activities within a day or so. Especially with the smaller, no-stitch incisions. Patients may be seen on the golf course the next day...As long as they don't carry their own clubs!
No. For a brief time after surgery, you should avoid strenuous activity or whatever your ophthalmologist recommends. However, afterwards (and even right after), you don't need to avoid all activity. You should be able to do your normal activities from before your cataracts became serious enough to require surgery. Just monitor your health as usual, e.g., blood pressure.

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Is it painful after cataract. Surgery?

Usually not. Most of the time patients have very little discomfort after surgery. Sometimes there is occasional sensation like an eyelash in the eye. Read more...
Painless. Cataract surgery is painless for most patients. Some people my have a mild foreign body sensation like an eyelash in the eye for the first few hours after surgery. Read more...
No Pain. What you may feel is some discomfort right after the procedure. The next day vision will start getting better. Read more...
Controllable pain. Depending on pre-operative risk factors, density of lens, type of anesthesia used, most patients report minimal discomfort during & after cataract surgery. Letting your eyeMD know your pain threshold will help prevent pain during & after surgery. More info: eyedoc2020@blogspot.com. Read more...

Do flickers after cataract surgery go away?

Depends. True photopsia (flashes) after cataract surgery should be evaluated to make sure not retinal tear or detachment is taking place. Far more common is a flickering noticed by parients due to a new relection of light from the new intraocular lenses. Most people don't notice this after a period of time. Read more...
Generally yes. The so called photopsias that people discover postoperatively generally fade with time. Usually there is adaptation to the light flickers. Unusually, some people never fully adapt. Intraocular lens technology is usually the cause of these symptoms. Make sure you indicate to your eye MD that you have these symptoms. An exam is helpful to make sue the IOL is stable and the capsule is clear. . Read more...
Flickers, flashes CS. Flickers/Floaters after a non-complicated CS procedure can occur. Check with your eyeMD to be sure no vitreous was lost during procedure. If flashing or a significant numbers of floaters or a curtain coming down over your vision occurs, call your eyeMD ASAP to be sure there is no new retinal hole or detachment. More info: eyedoc2020@blogspot.com. Read more...

What should I expect after cataract surgery?

Improved vision. The goal of cataract surgery is to remove your cloudy lens and replace it with a clear intraocular lens. Your vision should improve. You might still need glasses, contact, or laser vision correction to fine tune your vision after cataract surgery. Read more...
Better vision. You should expect better vision. Minimal to no discomfort and to return to normal activities in 24 hours. You will use drops for 3-4 weeks. Read more...
After cataract. Eye should be comfortable and vision should improve rapidly. If you have issues, call your eye doctor. Read more...

What can be expected after cataract surgery?

Better Vision:) The first few days after surgery may be somewhat blurred, however, some patient see better immediately. Best vision may require a spectacle rx, depending on the type of implant you were a candidate for, and which one you selected. You should experience no pain. Make sure you use your drops as prescribed and do not rub the eye or lift heavy objects immediately. Read more...
After surgery. Typically after surgery, the day of surgery the eye may be a bit scratchy and a little red. The vision may fluctuate from very blurry to very clear, or somewhere in between. There really should not be any pain, just some scratchy, maybe foreign body sensation. The morning after surgery, most symptoms should be resolved, with mild blurred vision that usually clears in less than 48 hours. Read more...

Which lens is better after cataract surgery?

Complex. This depends on what goals you have with your surgery. Your ophthalmologist should discuss the options, benefits and limitations of the available lens implants. . Read more...
S/p Cataract choices. If you mean which implant to choose for an intraocular lens implant, see Cataract Surgery Options at eyedoc2020.blogspot.com. If you mean which lens is better after cataract surgery: depends on residual refractive error (is there astigmatism, reading ok? what IOL was placed?). If you need reading, intermediate, distance rx, progressives are best for young pt's if brain can learn. Full answer @blog. Read more...

How much pain are you in after cataract surgery.

Little to none. With modern cataract surgery, most patients are comfortable after surgery. Most discomfort can be managed with over the counter pain meds like tylenol (acetaminophen). If you have more severe discomfort after cataract surgery, call your surgeon immediately for advice... Read more...
Pain after surgery. Usually takes 2-3 days for pain to subside after cataract surgery in most cases; sometimes it can take longer if limbal relaxing incisions were created to decrease astigmatism or if one has a history of dry eye or other issues occur during surgery. more info: eyedoc2020@blogspot.com. Read more...

How exactly will your vision be after cataract surgery?

Vision & Catarac. Vision usually decreases with cataract formation; Depending on pre-operative risk factors (ie, hypertension, diabetes, pseudoexfoliation, trauma, etc) the vast majority of patients achieve 20/20 vision after cataract surgery (low risk factor patients). Most patients say colors are brighter after VA much better. More info at: eyedoc2020 blogspot com. Read more...