How should I sleep after Cataract surgery? Can back sleeping help?

The recommend length of supine sleep post-surgery is at least two weeks.

Cataracts are pretty common in adults where symptoms include blurry/misty vision, colours looking faded or halos appearing around bright lights. Glasses may not be as effective as they used to be.

The only reliable treatment for cataracts is cataract surgery – a quick, straightforward and painless procedure with a 99% success rate comprising either total lens replacement or more normally phacoemulsification using ultrasound waves to gently break down the proteins in the cloudy lens and replace it with a new artificial one.

Cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure completed in less than hour generally. Within a few hours post procedure the patient is allowed to go home.

An eye shield will be provided to wear at night for a week post-op to protect the eye from rubbing and infection.

It is advised to sleep on your back for a couple of weeks following cataract surgery so your eye doesn’t come into contact with your pillow and pick up any particles from it. This will help your eye to heal and reduce the risk of infection.

By using the Waking Beauty layered Sleep System® you will be supported comfortably in the supine position and your sleep and therefore healing will be optimum. Sleeping on your back will also ensure the eye shield stays in place.

Even though the procedure tends to be relatively quick and straightforward and any postoperative suggestions for healing may not seem required for more than a few days, it is important to maintain a back sleep position to assure a perfect and healthy recovery and feeling of wellbeing however minor the eye surgery may appear.After any surgery or treatment on the eyes where back sleeping is indicated, Waking Beauty sleep system is the ideal post-operative support, then going forward the sleep system is the perfect aid to ensure consistent, comfortable sleep.

We recommend combining three elements of the layered system to help you maximise the results of eye surgery while avoiding any side effects and infections.

We recommend combining three elements of the layered sleep system suggested ELEVATE / STABILISE and HARMONISE. HARMONISE, and STABILISE will offer you the emotional and physical support to sleep and maintain a supine posture throughout the night. At the same time, ELEVATE will ensure an adequate head elevation to improve fluid drainage.

It would also be advisable to use ALIGN under the knees or as an additional support for the head if sleeping supine and propped up has been suggested.

Going forward REPOSE would be an excellent meditative eye cushion for soothing the eyes and enhancing restful sleep once the eyes are healed. REPOSE blocks the light while gently resting on your face without the traditional restrictive pressure and elasticated attachment of an eye mask.

Submissions from Carron Ryan BSc. DBO

Waking Beauty® Elements recommended for eye procedures / Cataracts

Element NameElement Function
HARMONISESuper-soft HARMONISE gives emotional and physical support - Harmonise enables supine sleep while offering the comforting impression of side sleep. It supports the head and gives lateral support to the neck.
STABILISESTABILISE allows individual adjustment in a revolutionary way - Stabilise has a central zip on the reverse, allowing for ventilation and filling variation. Patients have all levels of firmness available in one pillow.
ELEVATEELEVATE raises the head to a comfortable position - Elevate is a small pillow that works synergistically with Stabilise to elevate the head, enabling the patient to retain a certain sleep height.

Would you like extra support for your legs?

Ask for ALIGN

Align pillow


Would you like extra elevation?

Use extra wool filler

Align pillow showing the woollen filling and label close up


Would you like extra darkness while asleep?

Ask for REPOSE

Repose eye pillow