“CAN I BEND OVER AFTER CATARACT SURGERY?” By Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with 2 offices in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin (close to Cedarburg, Grafton, Fox Point, River Hills and other North Shore Communities)
This has got to be the most common question I hear from cataract patients. Their sister, neighbor or friend at church told them, “Be sure you don’t bend over after your cataract surgery.” We give out specific written instructions after cataract surgery that NEVER mention not bending over but this question persists. Where did it come from and why won’t it go away?
The where it came from is easy: in the past (more than 20 years ago) cataract surgery involved making a very large incision that was almost 180 degrees across the top of the eye. While there are some surgeons who have STILL not adapted the newer techniques, 99% make a very small incision (only 2.4 mm in my case). When the incision was much larger, bending over during the healing process put stress on that large incision and the many sutures required to close it.
Modern cataract surgery is done without stitches, patches or shots. That means that the restrictions after surgery are different too. We only have 4 rules (besides what you do with the eye drops) for the first two weeks after cataract surgery: 1) no pushing on the eye, 2) no eye makeup, 3) no swimming and 4) do wear a plastic shield over the eye at night.
This only applies to my patients. Be sure if you have surgery with another ophthalmologist that you follow their instructions. That follows for any type of medical procedure, the instructions are intended help you have the best possible outcome. Help me make this myth go away, be sure to read your post-operative instructions but don’t read too much into them!
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Dr. Martha Jay is a board certified ophthalmologist specializing in medical and surgical eye care such as blade-free LASIK and small incision cataract surgery.