3 Tips For Cataract Surgery Recovery

3 Tips For Cataract Surgery Recovery

April 29th, 2019
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Cataract surgery has one of the highest success rates and is a quick and easy surgery to undergo. Recovery is just as quick and easy too!

Laser Vision Center in Huntsville has a fantastic track record with cataract surgery. Schedule an appointment with us if you need cataract surgery! Wondering how to make sure you have a good recovery? Keep reading!

What happens during cataract surgery?

During cataract surgery, you’ll get anesthetic eye drops. These ensure your eyes are completely numb. Once numb, your cataract surgeon makes a small incision.

This small incision helps reach the lens of the eye where the cataract is. The lens is then broken up using phacoemulsification.

This is a process that uses high-frequency ultrasonic waves. Using ultrasonic waves makes it easier to safely remove the lens.

A new artificial lens called an intraocular lens, or IOL, is then put in its place. The incision is then closed and left to heal on its own. The whole process usually takes only about ten to fifteen minutes per eye.

After the procedure and a short wait, you’re free to go home! Be sure to find a ride to drive you home, since you can’t drive after cataract surgery.

Once you are home there are several things you can do to aid in a safe, speedy, and complication free recovery.

Protect Your Eyes

Before leaving the eye surgeon’s office, you’ll receive a prescription for eye drops and an eye shield. Use the eye drops several times a day to speed up recovery and help fight infections.

Make sure to wear your eye shield whenever you’re sleeping. This shield helps keep any irritants from getting into your eyes.

When showering, be careful to not get any water or soap in your eyes. It’s surprising but water can carry bacteria!

After cataract surgery, your eyes will be more sensitive and vulnerable to infections. When you go outside, don’t forget about protective eyewear! Always wear sunglasses outside during recovery to be on the safe side.

Avoid Eye Strain

During recovery, you should take it easy. This means avoiding anything that could strain your eyes.

Don’t do any heavy lifting or intense exercise routines. After the first week or two, your eyes will be less sensitive and able to return to your activities.

Be Informed and Prepared

One of the most important things to do before any surgery is to do your research. Knowing what to expect during and after surgery makes the surgery less stressful. If you’re nervous about undergoing cataract surgery, knowing what to expect helps anxiety.

If your eyes look red and your vision is blurry after cataract surgery, it’s normal! Some grittiness and irritation is also common.

Since your eyes are completely numb, it’s important to set up a ride in advance. If you have many questions, ask them before your procedure!

Your cataract surgeon will discuss your IOL options and make recommendations. It’s up to you to pick an IOL, so it doesn’t hurt to make a pros and cons list of your options.

Do you want to wear glasses after cataract surgery? Does your budget allow you to get a premium IOL? These are some of the questions you should ask yourself before making a decision.

Tired of living with cataracts? Schedule a cataract screening with the Laser Eye Center in Huntsville, AL today!