A special dressing is used to protect the eye. During the first night after the operation, the eye can itch- the dressing protects through the unintended wiping of the eye. The dressing is removed on the next day during the follow-up visit, and it may occur, that the patient is not yet able to see 100% clearly. The reason may be a slight edema or harmless inflammation. Both of these will disappear fairly quickly. At the latest, after two months the patient will not feel as though he had an operation.
During this period, it is important to remember several things. Some of them relate to the time immediately following the operation, others relate more to the long-term condition:
- A prescription for eye drops should be followed exactly as prescribed by the doctor. You cannot exceed the prescribed dosage because if the eye is sufficiently moist, additional drops will simply run off. In the case of uncertainty, it is better to use one drop too many than too few.
- The normal practice is for the follow-up visit to be scheduled the day after the operation. Afterward with time, more follow-up exams are conducted. They are individually scheduled together with the doctor.
- A slight touch of the eye in the first period after surgery does not mean anything bad. Avoid heavy rubbing and pressure on the eye.
- Just a few days after the surgery, you can carefully wash your hair and face. Avoid eye contact with soap and shampoo. A visit to the sauna or pool is only recommended after complete recovery, i.e. after eight weeks at latest.
- In the first month after the procedure, the use of facial cosmetics, e.g. makeup, should be avoided completely. Driving is possible much earlier, however, it must be admitted in advance by a doctor.
- You should refrain from sports and other physical activities for about the first week after the operation. It is acceptable to carry basic things like a juice box or water bottle, but do not lift heavy items. It is also acceptable to bend down. If there is pressure or pain that occurs in the eye, stop the activity immediately (and complete it later). For those who play ball sports, you should wear sport goggles for the first few weeks following the surgery.
- If the image is shaky or flickering, there is no need to worry. Initially, the loosely placed artificial lens slowly adjusts in its new surroundings. At this time, it is also possible that the light entering the edge of the lens will be refracted in such a way that reflections will be seen as sickle-shaped objects. The normal phenomenon is the itching of the eye or the feeling of a foreign substance in the eye, which is also normal. This is because the incisions in the eye are healing or that the surface of the eye is drying more quickly than normal (eye drops contain cortisone). You can counteract this with the aid of artificial tears (gel or drops). After some time, these ailments disappear completely.
During the two months following the procedure, your vision will change slightly because the new lens must first coalesce with the surrounding tissue. Only then the new lens, regardless of whether the lens is for distance or up close, it fully adapts to the eye. If necessary, the patients will receive temporary glasses for this period, but they often only help for a few days, until the sharpness of vision again adjusts. Wearing glasses will not be necessary.