Getting cataract surgery can be an overwhelming process, but there is no better time than now to get it. Cataract surgery is one of the safest and most reliable medical procedures in the world. It is also the most common medical procedure performed in the country.
While the procedure itself is quick the recovery can take some time depending on the patient. Keep reading for 4 tips to have an easier cataract surgery recovery this spring!
Come Into Surgery Prepared
Surgery is stressful for many people even if it is a simple procedure like cataract surgery. It is wise to limit the amount of stress you experience on the day of your procedure.
Experience less stress by coming to the clinic at least an hour and a half before your procedure time. That way you will have time to fill out any paperwork and ask any questions you have without feeling rushed.
Also, plan a ride ahead of time, as you will not be able to drive yourself home after the procedure. Do not try to figure out these logistics while you are still groggy after cataract surgery.
Get Plenty of Rest
After your procedure, you will likely experience some fatigue. It is important to rest so your body can heal itself.
At the beginning of your recovery, your eye will be in a very fragile state. A small bump or mindlessly rubbing your sensitive eye could damage it and cause severe complications.
Follow the recovery protocols your eye doctor gives you after your procedure. This is the easiest way to ensure that you will heal correctly and in the least amount of time.
Hydrate Your Eye With Eye Drops
You will most likely experience some discomfort and itchiness as the numbing eye drops from your procedure wear off. This may tempt you to rub your eye to stimulate tear production.
Avoid touching your eye at all costs, particularly during the early stages of your recovery. Rubbing your eye (which you should avoid doing all the time) is strictly prohibited.
Instead, use eye drops your eye doctor gives you to soothe the itchiness. They provide relief without harming your eye.
Be sure to use eye drops multiple times every day even if your eyes don’t feel itchy. Do this for at least a week after your procedure to make sure your eyes are well hydrated. This can help your eyes heal more quickly.
Avoid Water in Your Eyes and Heavy Lifting
During recovery, your eye will not only be more susceptible to injury from the outside but also to damage from within. During the first day or two, even bending over can create enough pressure to open the incision.
You should avoid any kind of heavy lifting for at least two weeks. Similarly, you should avoid getting water in your eyes.
Even clean tap water can carry enough bacteria to cause an infection in your eye. You can still shower, of course, but keep your eyes closed and don’t get shampoo in them.
Your cataract surgery does not need to be a stressful experience. Schedule a cataract screening at Stahl Eyecare Experts in Garden City, NY. We’ll discuss if cataract surgery is what you need to improve your eyesight.
Then follow the tips in this article to ensure your cataract surgery goes smoothly.