How Long Must I Wear An Eye Shield After Cataract Surgery? Skip to main content

May 04, 2023

By: Jeffrey Martin, MD

How Long Do I Have to Wear an Eye Shield After Cataract Surgery?

man wearing an eyepatch after eye surgery

If you have been diagnosed with cataracts and decided to undergo surgery, you should know that this operation is safe and relatively quick, as it can be performed between 30 and 45 minutes. It is important, however, to be familiar with temporary adjustments you’ll need to make post-cataract surgery. One such adjustment is having to wear an eye shield. So, we pose the question…

Can I take my eye shield off after cataract surgery?

After your cataract surgery procedure has been performed, you will need to wear a protective eye shield whenever you sleep, whether it’s during the recommended eight hours per night or for an afternoon nap. Most eye care professionals agree that seven days is the required time frame for wearing an eye shield.

Why do you need to wear an eye shield at night after cataract surgery?

The obvious reason for wearing an eye shield is to protect your vision in case you turn over or might possibly try to rub your eyes as you sleep. Yes, it may be annoying and uncomfortable – but it is one week’s worth of inconvenience. Imagine how you’d feel if you did not wear the eye shield and then woke up the next day to discover you’ve undone the results of what was a successful cataract surgery operation.

The need to wear an eye shield post-cataract surgery cannot be overemphasized. The eye care professionals at SightMD are concerned about the health of your vision, and want to ensure the healing process is complete and safe. If you have any other questions regarding cataract surgery – from preparation to post-op – feel free to reach out to us, either online or by calling us on the telephone at 855.295.4144.