The nurse is preparing a 73-year-old client for cataract surgery on the left eye. Which statement by the client indicates a need for further teaching?

  • “I will wear glasses when going outside.”
  • “I will avoid bending below the waist.”
  • “I will stop taking Coumadin after surgery.”
  • “I will still be able to work out on weight training.”
Number 4 is correct.
Lifting heavy objects is contraindicated after cataract surgery as this will increase intraocular pressure on the newly operated eye. Wearing glasses outside is recommended after surgery to protect from infectious agents. Bending below the waist increases intraocular pressure on the newly operated eye and is contraindicated. Anticoagulants should be stopped as this predisposes the patient to hemorrhage.