Avoid heaving lifting as it can cause the pressure inside your eyes to increase. This can interfere with healing and cause damage to the eye. Try to avoid strenuous activities over the first seven to ten days. Examples are: heavy gardening, running, hill walking, childcare for young children who require lifting and golf (if carrying heavy clubs or caddy bags).
Other activities that raise intraocular pressure include bending below your waist to pick up items or reaching up high. We suggest consciously considering the activities you carry out in the house in the week before cataract surgery. Identify the tasks you do daily that cause you to reach high, bend low or generally strain yourself. It is a good idea to eliminate easily avoidable tasks such as finding the remote control, searching for the phone charger, carrying heavy pots.
Locate frequently used (and misplaced) items and leave at waist height for your return from hospital, pre-prepare a meal that can easily be heated, leave the kettle with water in and a cup ready with a tea bag. If you have a dog arrange for a friend to do walks.
Your eyes will be sensitive to airborne particles. It is a good idea to vacuum and clean before cataract surgery. This protects your eyes from contaminants such as pet hair, dander, dust, and dirt. It will also help to keep on top of the hoovering after cataract surgery but remember you need to take it easy so best ask your partner, a friend or your children to do it for you.