After your Cataract Surgery

  • Rest the same evening and avoid demanding activities.
  • Keep the shield on overnight for one week. Remove it during the day
  • Start using your drops as instructed.
  • Take your usual medications and any that you may have been given by the nurse.
  • Take a simple painkiller if your eye is uncomfortable.
  • It is normal for your eye to be watery and irritable.
  • Restrictions
  • Take care with bending and bend from the knees.
  • Sit to put on your socks and shoes.
  • Avoid strenuous activity like gardening, heavy lifting, or heavy housework.
  • No sport or swimming for four weeks. If your eye is okay after this time you can restart.
  • Check with your optician before driving.


On the first day after surgery

  • Always wash your hands before and after putting in eye drops.
  • Take off the shield.
  • If sticky, bathe lids with cool boiled water and cotton wool.
  • Do not rub your eye.
  • Follow instructions below for 'administration of eye drops'.

Eye Drops

Please note, how your drops should be stored. For example, Chloramphenicol needs to be stored in a fridge.

For advice on how to administer eye drops, please see the video below:

What you can do

  • Wash your hair ensuring no soap get in your eyes.

  • Watch TV, read, knit etc.

  • Undertake light housework.

Other advice

  • You will be informed if you need an outpatient appointment after your surgery. If not, you should visit your optician four weeks after your surgery.
  • Contact your nearest accident and emergency department if you:
  • Have severe pain.
  • Have a marked discharge or a dramatic change in your vision in the operated eye.
  • Have a headache which is not relieved by simple painkillers.
  • Feel nauseated or sick.

If you have glasses, they will no longer be appropriate for the operated eye(s). A visit should be arranged to see your Optometrist (optician) four weeks after surgery.


Should you have any concerns or questions, between 8am and 5.30pm please call 0141 951 5000 and ask for Theatre Day Unit on extension 5465 or 5712. Outside these times you should phone NHS 24 on 08454 24 24 24 or visit your nearest Accident and Emergency department, if appropriate.


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