After the Surgery

Right after the surgery you will be taken into the recovery room with dark glasses on. You will be in this area for about 30 minutes to one hour to recover from the effects of the anesthesia sedation.

Discharge from the Surgery Center

You will be discharged ONLY when you have recovered sufficiently from the anesthetic effects and have been evaluated by a physician. Home-care instructions will be reviewed with you and the person assisting in your care. We suggest that someone stays with you first 24 hours after your surgery, but this is not necessary. You MUST have someone to pick you up to drive you home after the surgery. The person can wait for you or we will call them when you are ready to go home. They must be available to pick you up when you are ready to leave the surgical center.

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On Arrival Home

  1. DO NOT put anything in the operated eye except the medications prescribed for you by Dr. Benjamin for use after surgery.
  2. Continue using all medications you were using in your other eye.
  3. Please be aware that after your surgery your eyes will be irritated and light sensitive. Your eyes may burn, sting and tear excessively and you may feel a foreign body sensation.Do not rub you eyes. Use Tylenol to help with any pain after surgery (560 – 1000 mg every 4 hours as needed).
  4. Follow your eye medication schedule.
  5. If necessary, you may gently dab-dry the corner of the eyelids and lashes
  6. Take it easy for a few hours. The medications used to calm you during surgery will be in your system for approximately 24 hours, so you might feel tired and sleepy.
  7. Do not drive a car, operate machinery or power tools first 24 hours after surgery.
  8. Do not drink any alcoholic beverages first 24 hours after surgery.
  9. Do not make any important decisions, or sign important papers first 24 hours after surgery.
  10. Do not strain or lift any heavy objects.
  11. Do not shower or wash your head first 24 hours.
  12. Leave the protective shield in place for the first 24 hours following the surgery.
  13. Do not sleep with your pets in your bed for 24 hours after the procedure and use clean linens.
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Day of the Surgery Medications

Please make sure you have filled prescribed medications before the day of your surgery. You will need to start using them right away.

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

Post-Operative Care

  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

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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

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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

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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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