How Should You Sleep After Cataract Surgery?

How Should You Sleep After Cataract Surgery?

By Eye Center of Northern Colorado July 29, 2019

Cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure completed in under an hour. Cataract surgery has a high success rate in improving your eyesight and should allow you to return to your normal activities, like driving, following a few simple weeks of recovery.

Your cataract surgery recovery begins immediately following
your procedure. At the completion of your cataract surgery, a lightweight
protective shield will be placed over your eye, held in place with surgical
tape. This shield will decrease the risk of injury from inadvertently rubbing
or accidentally bumping your eye. Most patients are able to go home within a
few hours of the procedure. You will be required to have a friend or family
member drive you home following surgery.

In general, you should be able to watch TV, do some light
computer work and shower or bathe within a few hours of returning home after your
procedure. While home, you may be allowed to remove your eye shield, but you
should wear it when sleeping for at least a week to prevent eye injury. Full recovery
from cataract surgery should be complete in about a month, although it can take
up to three months for your eye to be completely healed.

Cataract surgery should not affect how you sleep, aside from wearing the protective eye shield to avoid rubbing the eye. Rubbing your eye can aggravate the chances of infection. You may also want to avoid sleeping on the side of the operated eye for the first 24 hours.

For more information about recovery following cataract surgery, contact Eye Center of Northern Colorado by calling 970-221-2343 or visiting


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