PATIENT CARE AFTER CATARACT SURGERY
- Activity should be markedly restricted, particularly during the first month after surgery. This means no running, jumping, swimming, or rough play.
- Leash walking is allowable, but the leash must be placed so that direct pressure on the neck is minimized. A harness is ideal, but you may be able to improvise by looping the leash around a front leg.
- No baths should be given during the first 1-2 weeks after surgery. Otherwise, please check with the doctor for advice.
- It is preferable to give pills in a small amount of canned food. This is the easiest method and the safest way to prevent accidental trauma to the eye.
- Please follow the medication schedule carefully. Call if there are any questions or problems. Do not discontinue any medications unless instructed to do so by the doctor.
- Keep the protective Elizabethan collar on your pet for the first 2-3 weeks after surgery. It is normal that it may take 1-2 days for your pet to adjust to the collar. As distressing as it may seem, it is much preferable to additional surgery trying to save a traumatized eye.
- Please follow our recommendations for postoperative rechecks. The postoperative care is vital to the success of cataract surgery.
- Please call immediately if you detect any of the following signs:
- Overall cloudiness of the eye(s)
- Squinting of the eye(s)
- Bloody drainage from the eye(s)
- Loss of vision AFTER surgery