1. Please be advised of the importance of your follow-up care.
  2. You should wear protective glasses for 1 week when you are outside. Wear the sunglasses provided, since most other varieties do not provide adequate protection (rated UV 400, or better). You can wear regular, clear glasses when you are inside. If your own glasses adversely affect the vision in your operated eye, the prescription lens can be replaced with a non-corrective lens until the eye is healed (about 4 to 3 months after surgery).
  3. The protective shield should be worn at nap time and during sleep for 1 week or 2 weeks if you sleep on your stomach. Tape the shield over the operated eye with the pointed part toward the nose.
  4. You may shower and wash your hair, but avoid soap and water in your eyes.
  5. Driving is permitted only if you can see well enough. Only you can determine you can drive safely. Start slowly as you are still adapting to your new correction.
  6. You may resume low-impact exercise on the 2nd post-operative day. No aerobic exercise, inverted yoga positions or weight lifting for 1 week.
  7. No swimming for at least 2 weeks.
  8. No sexual activity for 1 week.
  9. Do not wear mascara for 1 week after the surgery. Eye shadow can be used at anytime after the 1st post-operative day.
  10. It is impossible to list and advise regarding every possible activity. You must evaluate those activities not listed using your own common sense. If in doubt, please call BEI at 310.507.7988 or your optometrist any time questions arise.
  11. Call Dr. Benjamin at 310.507.7988 immediately with increasing redness, pain, or worsening vision.

Post-Operative Medication Regimen

Week 1

Please allow at least 5 minutes between different types of drops.

Vigamox: please use these drops until Thursday or discontinue using them earlier if you run out of this medication before Thursday.

Week 2

Please allow at least 5 minutes between different types of drops.

Vigamox: please use these drops until Thursday or discontinue using them earlier if you run out of this medication before Thursday.

Week 3

Please allow at least 5 minutes between different types of drops.

Pred Forte: please note that number of drops starts to decrease on Monday. Please discontinue using Pred Forte on Friday.

Bromday: please use this medication until the bottle is finished.

Call Benjamin Eye Institute today if you have any questions about your cataract surgery recovery, or if you are interested in scheduling your cataract consultation 310.507.7988.

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