What happens after your cataract or glaucoma surgery? 

The nursing team will talk you through all the do’s and don’ts immediately after the surgery. You will have a clear shield (or sometimes a sterile patch) over your eye to keep on until the next morning. 
 
You will be given some eye drops when you leave the hospital following your surgery for you to put in 4 times a day for a week. From the second week you can normally start reducing these to 3 times a day for a week, then 2 times a day for a week, then once a day for the final forth week. These are antibiotic and anti-inflammatory drops. 
 
You should be able to resume normal activity 2-3 days after your surgery, however we would ask you not to wash your hair or get water in your eye for at least a week after surgery. We want to prevent any potential source of irritation or infection. 

Your follow-up 

We will contact you the day after your surgery to see how you are getting on. Your eye might feel a little gritty for a few days, and the vision might be slightly blurred. The eye might be a little bit pink. Please do not worry if you feel all the above as these are normal side effects. 
 
What you need to be aware of is if the eye becomes very red, very painful, and very blurred within a few hours or days – then please do contact us immediately or telephone the hospital or 111. We will provide you with all the information to look to be aware of. This would be a rare occurrence, less than one in three thousand cases. 
 
Following your surgery, the team will then book you in for a follow up outpatient appointment with Mr Dean approximately 2-3 weeks later. 
 
If you have any questions/concerns or worries, please do not hesitate to contact us on 07306 889 765 
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