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After Cataract Surgery -- Leaving the Facility

Clip Number: 12 of 32
Presentation: Cataract Surgery (Retrobulbular)
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When you leave the medical facility, you will be given specific eye-care instructions and discharge instructions for driving, activity level, medication, and any further restrictions necessary. Your healthcare provider will go over any symptoms that require medical attention.
As stated before, you will need to have someone drive you home because your postoperative vision will be limited. If you have a patch on your eye, you will generally be instructed not to remove it until you see your doctor the next day.
You should rest for the remainder of the day and apply your eye drops as directed. You may notice your vision improving within a few hours. It will not be perfect at this time, but it should recover quickly.
You may feel some dryness, itching or scratchy feelings throughout the day and night, but you should have no pain.
To minimize the chance of infection, you should keep your hands clean and away from your eyes, avoid hot tubs or swimming pools for one month, and use the eye drops as directed.
You will return for a follow-up examination the next day.

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