We all have someone in our family – parents, grandparents, uncles or aunts who have to undergo cataract surgery at some point or the other. When you or a loved one are given a diagnosis of cataract and advised to undergo Cataract Surgery, the very thought can give rise to a lot of questions, anxieties and fears.

One major cause of apprehension is – What will happen during Cataract Operation?



Cataract is the leading cause of blindness in India and the best solution is to get operated with the replacement of the cataractous lens with a premium quality Intraocular lens. At Nirmals Eye Hospital, we have the state-of-the-art technology to handle all the routine and complicated cataracts with the experienced surgical team. We have a wide range of IOLs to fit in all class of profiles without compromising the quality of services.

Modern Operation Theatres for Infection free Cataract Surgery

The Cataract Operation theatres at NECH are very advanced and have all the safety and infection control measures like HEPA filters, Joint less floor & ceiling, Laminar flow etc in place. The HEPA filters do not allow any bacteria or particles more than 0.3microns into the OT and Laminar flow system makes sure that the OT is always under little higher pressure to prevent ingress of any air into the OT. Jointless floor, ceilings and walls prevent lodging of bacteria into crevices or joints and hence infections become uncommon after cataract surgery at Nirmals Eye Hospital.

Expert Cataract Surgeon

Cataract Surgery department is headed by Dr.T. Nirmal Fredrick, Expert eye surgeon trained from Regional Institute of Ophthalmology, Madras Medical College, and then Birchill eye Hospital, Manchester, UK. He has performed more than 30,000 successful Phaco cataract Surgeries and is an expert in using EDOF, Toric, Multifocal and monofocal lenses after cataract surgery. Dr.T. Nirmal Fredrick is the founder and Managing Director of Nirmals Eye Hospital, in Tambaram, Chennai.

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What to expect after Cataract Surgery?

Just knowing what will happen and what we are expected to do, can ease a lot of our anxieties.

Cataract surgery involves removing the natural eye lens which has opacified and replacing it with an artificial lens called an intraocular lens (IOL). Cataract operation is usually performed by Phacoemulsification.

Newer stitchless cataract surgeries called MICS (minimal incision cataract surgery) help a faster and gentler recovery. Nonetheless, a cataract surgery requires some precautions after the surgery. Here is a list of Do’s and Don’ts that a patient is expected to follow after Cataract Surgery.


  • Do not rub your eye with your hands. This can impair the healing processs after stitchless surgery. Also, it can cause eye infections. If your eye waters or itches, you can wipe it gently with a clean tissue or a sterile, moist cotton swab.
  • Do not have a shower bath for the first 7 days after surgery. You can take a bath below the chin only and use a wet towel to wipe your face.
  • Eye washing with normal water is not allowed for 7 days.
  • Do not indulge in activities that might cause damage to your eyes. Do not play with children or engage in contact sports or activities like swimming for a month to avoid any chances of infections or injuries.
  • Do not lift heavy weights. If possible, avoid deep and straining cough, sneezing and straining hard for stools for a month. These activities might increase the pressure in your eyes.


  • You may begin shaving after the 3rd day after Cataract Operation.
  • You can resume activities like watching TV or shopping after 2-3 days of surgery. You may resume all your routine household activities after a week.


  • Do instill eye drops regularly, as advised by your eye doctor.
  • Do wash your hands with soap and water before you apply any eye medications.
  • Do wear a protective eye cap at night for a week.
  • Do clean your eyes with clean boiled water using cotton, 2-3 times a day.
  • Do contact your eye surgeon immediately if there is any problem.
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