Did you know that age alone increases your risk of developing cataracts? Or that every year, that risk increases? Cataracts are one of the leading causes of vision loss in the world, but they are also one of the most treatable.
Surgery for cataract removal is the only way to “cure” cataracts. This is only recommended when cataracts severely impact vision. At this point, patients become unable to complete everyday activities.
When your cataract surgeon recommends cataract surgery, it’s time to think about IOLs. This requires knowing if you don’t mind wearing glasses after cataract surgery.
You’ll also want to schedule an appointment to discuss your surgery and any questions.
Not sure what kind of questions to ask? Keep reading for 3 common questions patients ask about recovering from cataract surgery!
1. What Activities Should I Avoid During My Recovery?
Actually, you don’t need to avoid very many. In fact, many patients are able to return to work the following day! You do need to avoid rubbing or touching the eye in any way for about the first week.
To be safe, your cataract surgeon may suggest wearing a protective eye shield at night. This is to ensure you don’t scratch or poke your eye in your sleep.
Your cataract surgeon may also prescribe eye drops. These will keep your eyes comfortable and aid in their healing. They also prevent inflammation and infection. You’ll need to use them several times a day, but only for the first week or so.
2. When Can I Drive Again and Exercise?
You won’t be able to drive yourself home after cataract surgery at Stahl Eyecare Experts. Make sure you have a ride that can get you home and comfortable! You won’t be able to drive again until your cataract surgeon has cleared you.
You’re free to keep up with your regular exercise routine as long as it doesn’t include contact sports. You should avoid sports where there’s any possibility of getting hit in the face, like tennis. Your cataract surgeon will let you know when you can play contact sports again.
3. Please Tell Me I’m Allowed to Shower?
Don’t worry. Of course you can. But you’ll need to be very careful if you opt for a shower instead of a bath while your eye is healing. It’s not safe to get any water in your eye during this time.
It’s also not safe to go swimming until your cataract surgeon says you are healed. This means avoiding swimming pools, lakes, ponds, and oceans.
You also need to avoid dusty environments while you are healing. No organizing in the attic until you’re in the clear!
Cataract surgery can seem scary, but it doesn’t have to be! Recovering from cataract surgery is your opportunity to give your body some TLC! Ready to see the world clearly again? It’s possible when you undergo cataract surgery with Stahl Eyecare Experts!
Contact Stahl Eyecare Experts in Long Island for a cataract screening today! Don’t let vision loss stand in your way of living life to the fullest anymore.