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My doctor recommended to take it easy for two weeks. You might ask your doc how long to restrict heavy lifting. That’s probably about equivalent to horn playing. Your doc, unless a brass-man, isn’t going to know much about the physical stress of trumpet playing. And, it will really depend on your particular situation after the surgery. I wouldn’t do ANY playing until you’ve had your first exam with the doc following the surgery. At which time he’ll know better about how you might proceed. My eyes were done last year. The after-surgery effects weren’t fun, but it was worth it.

If your doctor won’t answer one simple question, then I would not recommend letting them get near your eye with a laser, or any other sharp object. And that’s not meant facetiously — seriously, if you have questions of *any* kind, your doctor should be open to discussing them. This is an opportunity for both of you to learn something, and your doc should be grateful for that.

I had my left eye done a year ago. What a simple process! I was in the surgical suite for maybe 25 minutes and the actual surgery was maybe 12 minutes?! When I left, my eye sight, with the new lens, was almost 20/20, certainly better than it had been for many a year. And the worst part of the recovery was having to be VERY careful in the shower to not get water on the eye. Now I just have to wait until my right eye is ‘ripe’ enough to get a date.

I was the 2nd of the trumpets in my band to have cataract surgery, I was told 2 weeks and the other fellow 3 weeks. We followed the instructions and had no problems or negative impacts. I did select the Tecnis lens and have been very pleased with it.

I recommend being conservative and waiting at least a full three weeks before resuming playing. I just don’t think it’s worth the risk to start playing a week or so earlier than that and risk potentially catastrophic consequences. And I’d stay away from anything above the staff for another couple of weeks beyond that.

I base my opinion on my many years playing, my 80% of a Biomedical Engineering Degree, and my successful completion of the first half of the first semester of the City Colleges of Chicago Nursing Program I have completed (making me 1/8th of an RN).

This is actually pretty specialized information that you are not going to get from a nurse, biomedical engineering student, or trumpet player. Ask your ophthalmologist, I’ve known a few who played trumpet enough to appreciate what is involved. There are a few research papers published on intra-ocular pressure related to musicians. I’m looking at my 2nd cataract surgery coming up and plan on a couple weeks off. It was 6 weeks off for each of my retinal reattachments, although I did cheat after a month playing ppp below 2nd line G. PETE was useful for maintain muscle tone. Everyone is different, this was my experience and mine alone. Verify any medical information and advice you find on the internet from a physician you trust.]

Great question! Trumpet playing is definitely an issue in patients with glaucoma. With the micro- incision technique that I use for cataract surgery, the pressure is not of concern as far as the would leaking or anything like that. I usually tell trumpet players who do not have glaucoma to just take breaks and don’t hold really long notes, and don’t play for hours a day! Most people tolerate those brief pressure elevations very well. I tell patients that for the first 2 weeks after surgery you should avoid doing things that make you red in the face. Mainly, avoid rubbing the eye.

I had cataract surgery two years ago and my Doctor said no trumpet for five days. I had no problems and no pain when I started playing again. The first time I sat on stage after the second eye was done I told my section, "hey those red lights in the back of the hall say Exit" I never could read them before.

Until the first post-operative exam; then, ask the surgeon. Personally, I have never restricted anyone from wind playing after cataract surgery but it is important to get advice from your surgeon (and not an anonymous one over the internet!). Best

I am currently recovering from retinal reattachment surgery. I am not a pro or any great shakes of a player, but I love playing and I’d already been off a month! So two weeks after surgery, I began playing again. As was already mentioned, I played softly and only in the staff for short periods of time. I started with moderately long tones, nothing testing my breath control limits. I then added Clarke study #2–all in the staff. Then I added playing some hymns, again, they’re all in the staff, nothing that would make me red in the face.

It’s been two weeks and I’ve had no adverse effects. I’ve even ventured to touch C above the staff some. I get 3 or 4 sessions in each day of 5 to 20 minutes each. I’m waiting for the gas bubble in my eye to dissipate, then it will probably be off to cataract surgery. The real battle is reading music with one eye! That’s my experience so far. I’d still rely on your doctor, but I thought I’d chime in since I’m living it right now.