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Frequently Asked Questions after Cataract Surgery

Am I allowed to bend after surgery? If so, how far?

In general, you may bend as low as your hips. Avoid bending so low that your head is below your waist, for about one week, unless otherwise advised by your doctor.

Am I allowed to bathe or shower? What if water or soap gets in my eye? Should I put a patch on my eye when I wash?

You may bathe or shower normally. Close your eyes to avoid direct contact with soap or water. Do not attempt to patch the eye before bathing.

When should I resume taking my normal medicines? What about Aspirin, Coumadin or other drugs that “thin” my blood?

Resume taking all your medicines, without exception, immediately after surgery unless your doctor specifically instructs you otherwise.

Some of my eye drop bottles look empty or small, and I don’t think I’ll have enough. Should I ask for a refill prescription?

Your bottles have the right amount of medication in them. You do not need any refills. Simply use your eye drops until the bottles are empty. Some may be use up before others.

What do I do if I think I missed my eye when administering my drops? Will I overdose if I put in too many drops?

No. You will not overdose. If you miss your eye, you should try again.

How long should I wait between drops if I use more than one kind? Does the order matter?

You should wait five minutes between your different drops. The order does not matter.

What about my glaucoma drops?

If you only had cataract surgery, use your glaucoma eye drops before and after surgery.

If you have had cataract and glaucoma surgery together, DO NOT use your glaucoma drops in the eye that was operated on until your doctor tells you to. Continue using your usual glaucoma drops in the other eye.

What should I do with my old glasses? Are they safe to wear?

You will not harm your eyes by wearing your old glasses. However, you may prefer not wearing them since, in most cases, your vision will have improved after surgery, in particular your distance vision.

When do I have to wear the sunglasses (solar shields)?

Wear sunglasses outdoors for one week after surgery. It is optional to wear them indoors.

My vision on the first day is blurrier than I thought it would be. Should I be concerned?

Vision in the first week is different for everyone and does not indicate a bad outcome. If you have concerns, speak to your doctor.

Why are some of my appointments after surgery with a different doctor?

Depending on scheduling you may be asked to see one of the other doctors on our team for some of your immediate care after surgery.

Do I need to have my other eye operated on right away? When is it safe to do so?

You do not urgently need to schedule surgery for your other eye; however, it is safe to do so as soon as you and your doctor decide surgery on the second eye is indicated.

I had cataract and glaucoma surgery at the same time. I have more than one appointment in the same week. Is this a mistake?

No. You need to attend all scheduled visits.

When should I get a new prescription to update my glasses?

Typically, a month or so after surgery is a good time to check your glasses prescription.

If you have a doctor that usually checks your eyes for glasses, you should call his or her office and arrange this appointment yourself.

If you do not have a regular doctor who checks your eyes for glasses, or you usually see a doctor in this office, your glasses checkup is the last appointment scheduled on your post-operative surgical instruction card.


COVID-19 Policy and Updates

Prism Eye Institute has taken the greatest measures and we have incorporated the highest standards to ensure you, your loved ones and our team members are safe while in our clinics. We have invested heavily in our teams, our technologies and our equipment to ensure we have implemented all available resources for reducing the risk of transmission of the COVID-19 virus.

What are we doing?

All patients and staff are screened prior to entry to our clinics. This means everyone’s temperature is taken and questions to help identify any risks will be asked. All visitors and their supports personnel must wear properly fitting face masks prior to entering any of our clinics and the buildings they are in.

All of our staff wear face masks, and some will have added protection of face shields, gowns and gloves depending on the level of contact they have with our patients. Our waiting rooms have been modified to observe social distancing and our clinic flow has been adjusted to ensure social distancing is adhered to through the whole patient journey from check-in to check-out and everything in between. All of our equipment, chairs and exam lanes are cleaned with disinfectants between each patient; and each night our clinics go through a more stringent level of sanitation practices to mitigate any surface contamination.

Investments in technology have allowed us to reduce staff onsite while having them work from home. We’ve made advancements in our services so that many appointments can be done through virtual care, further reducing the number of patients needing to come into clinic.

Lastly, we have systems in place to ensure we are up to date on the latest health developments in all the regions we operate in. Based on these developments we respond quickly to make any necessary adjustments to maintain the highest level of safety for you, for us and our communities.