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Best recovery steps to follow after cataract surgery
Cataract, a very common eye condition affects many people worldwide. Generally, cataracts are found in people older than 40 years of age. It is basically clouding of the eye lens due to ageing. But this eye condition affects Vision and thereby the quality of life. This surgery has life-changing benefits, but in order to reap these benefits, post surgery care is paramount.
Thanks to the advancement in technology, modern cataract surgery is the one of the most effective and safest surgical procedures performed today. However, postoperative care after the cataract surgery remains an important element of the treatment. The postoperative care ensures that the cataract patient has the best possible result in vision restoration.
Complications may even occur after the cataract surgery. Hence, it is the responsibility of the operating ophthalmologist to make the patient understand and follow the aftercare regimen in the postoperative period. This aftercare is critical as it is the period during which a stable and clear visual function is achieved
To learn more about the best recovery steps to follow after cataract surgery, this blog highlights what after surgery care :
Immediately after cataract surgery
Following cataract surgery, if you have been operated under topical anesthesia, surgeon will directly prescribe you post-operative dark glasses, or if you have undergone surgery under local anesthesia (with peribulbar or sub tenon's injection) you will have an eye pad plastic shield over the eye. Eye pad is usually removed 2 hours after the surgery at the hospital. Before you leave the hospital, your ophthalmologist will prescribe some eye drops and or other medication inflammation, prevent infection and in selected cases to control your eye pressure
It is recommended that you rest your eyes and nap. Because cataract surgery is only performed on one eye at a time, you may notice an imbalance in your vision until the second eye is operated on (usually 1–4 weeks later).
Few days after the surgery
About a week after surgery, the eye heals and now you make take a head-bath and resume your routine activities like driving a vehicle or cooking. By this time your vision would have recovered completely and you may see things normally. You may resume your before- surgery lifestyle. However, the postoperative eye drops must be continued according to the doctor’s prescription
Weeks after surgery
Now the eye is completely healed and you may be prescribed glasses as required. Some patients are still apprehensive and fail to clean the eyes even at this point. It is important to clean the eyes with lids closed while taking bath in order to avoid blepharitis (lid Infection) which happens commonly in post-cataract surgery patients who fear to touch or clean their eyes long after the surgery
Tips for post-cataract surgery
Although most people can resume everyday activities 24 hours after cataract surgery, there are a few instructions that you will be asked to follow. They include:
Don’t do any strenuous activities for a few weeks. Avoid rigorous exercise and heavy lifting.
Don’t drive. The length of time after cataract surgery before you can drive depends on a number of factors – your doctor will tell you when it is safe to resume driving.
Follow your doctor’s orders regarding any antibiotic and anti-inflammatory eye drops. These are important to prevent infection and inflammation and ensure proper healing. If you have difficulty in administering them, get a friend or family member to help you out.
Stay away from dusty areas. It’s a great idea to have your house vacuumed and cleaned before surgery, as your eyes will be sensitive to airborne allergens such as dust.
Don’t rub your eye. Eye rubbing is a quick way to develop a nasty infection. It’s never a good idea, even when you aren’t recovering from surgery.
Don’t swim. It’s best to avoid swimming or hot tubs for a week after surgery.
Don’t wear make-up. Ask your doctor when you can resume doing so.
What is not normal after a cataract operation?
Pain in or around the eye or a throbbing ache not eased by simple pain killers such as paracetamol.
If your eye is sticky with a yellow discharge.
If the eye becomes increasingly red.
If the eye is feeling gritty and this is getting worse.
If your eyesight gradually becomes more blurred or there is a loss of vision.
If you cannot tolerate bright light and this is getting worse.
If you or your family member have any symptoms of Cataract, Emerald Eye Hospital is the best option for you to choose, Which is highly equipped and has modern technology.