First Day After surgery
Driving after surgery
Eye Drops After surgery
Impact of diabetes
Do's and Don'ts
There is good news and bad news about the pressure in the eyes after cataract removal. The good news is that cataract surgery tends to lower eye pressure once you heal. The bad news is that cataract surgery can sometimes raise pressure for the first week or so while you are healing.
Very rarely if the pressure is elevated, it will cause eye aches (like a tooth ache) and sometimes it will even make you feel nauseated the evening after your surgery. This is one of the potential complications of cataract surgery.
If this happens, then it is important you go to the eye clinic. If the pressure is elevated, eye drops will be started or other techniques employed to lower pressure, make you comfortable, and protect your vision.
After surgery we usually have you take a steroidal anti-inflammatory drop. These are very helpful for most patients in their healing process. However, in a small percentage of patients, they can cause high pressure after using them for several weeks. This is part of the reason we see you for follow up appointments. If your discomfort does rise, the steroid drop is often discontinued and pressure-lowering drops may be started to return your eye to normal.
There is an ideal amount of pressure inside your eye. If the pressure is lower than this, it can cause problems with your vision.
If the wounds are not fully secure, the pressure could be too low. Often, a suture is placed to further secure the wound.
If we can provide any further information about eye pressure and cataract surgery, please leave a comment or contact us at our office.