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Post-operative Care

Following the procedure, it is normal for the eye to feel scratchy and irritated for the first few days.  If severe pain and nausea is experienced, you will need to contact our consulting rooms immediately.  It is important to contact us also should any of the symptoms below appear:

  • Sudden reduction or loss of vision.
  • Persistent discomfort and tearing.
  • Sudden light sensitivity.
  • Redness.

You will need to:

  • Rest for a day or two.
  • Clean the eye according to our instructions.
  • Wear an eye shield or sunglasses as advised.
  • Refrain from rubbing or applying pressure to the eye.
  • Use the eye drops and other medication as prescribed.
  • Use over-the-counter analgesics if required.
  • Plan on taking leave of absence from work according to our recommendation (Dr Potgieter will provide you with a medical certificate for the period).
  • Attend all your follow-up appointments.

The recovery period following a cataractA cataract forms when the natural lens in the eye is, or is starting to become, opaque. If not treated, it can lead to blindness, which in most cases can be treated. See Cataract Centre – Understanding Cataracts. procedure is very fast, and depending on the pre-operative pathology, normal vision may return within a week to 3 weeks.
We routinely refer our patients back into the care of their optometrist a month to six weeks after the surgery to obtain their new optical prescription.