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Post Cataract Surgery Care

femto pic smallRecovery from
cataract surgery is short, for most patients. Assuming you are in otherwise good health
and experience no complications during surgery, your recovery should be smooth.

Immediately following surgery, you will need to rest, allowing the anesthesia
to wear off. You should also plan to have a family member or friend drive
you home, as you will be unable to drive immediately following surgery.
Your doctor will provide you with a pair of protective sunglasses to protect
your eyes from bright lights and glares.

Five things to remember when recovering from cataract surgery:

  1. Allow yourself time to rest. When you get home, it might be a good idea
    to take a nap or go to bed, allowing your eyes time to recover immediately
    following the surgery.
  2. Be patient as your vision recovers. At first, your vision may be blurred
    or cloudy as it takes time for your brain and eyes to adapt to the intraocular
    lens implant. In many cases, patients experience clear vision in less
    than 24 hours following surgery, though others don’t experience
    clear vision for days or even a few weeks following surgery.
  3. Reduce risk of infection. Avoid swimming or using a hot tub for at least
    the first week after surgery, and avoid exposing your eyes to dust and
    wind that can irritate the eye. It’s also important to avoid rubbing
    your eyes.
  4. Know that it is normal to need eyeglasses following cataract surgery. Depending
    on the replacement lenses chosen and your previous prescription needs,
    you may still require corrective lenses following cataract surgery. Cataract
    replacement lenses do contain their own correction, so you will most likely
    need a new prescription for contacts or eyeglasses after surgery. It’s
    impossible to know what prescription you will need until your eyes have
    healed completely from surgery.
  5. Always protect your eyes from the sun. Buy sunglasses that block at least
    99 percent of ultraviolet rays from the sun. If you don’t select
    sunglasses with UV Protection, you aren’t doing your eyes any good.
    Wraparound sunglasses are ideal, as they will also block rays from entering
    from the side. UV protection has nothing to do with how dark the tint
    of your sunglasses is. If the label reads “UV absorption up to 400m,”
    it is equivalent to 100 percent UV protection. Keep in mind that during
    the summer, the sun’s UVA and UVB rays can be at least three times
    higher than they are during the winter, making proper eye protection even
    more critical, especially for patients recovering from cataract surgery.

Cataract surgery has a record of success, with as many as 90 percent of
cataract patients experiencing good outcomes from surgery. If you experience
vision loss, persistent pain, increased eye redness, light flashes, floaters,
nausea, vomiting or excessive coughing after cataract surgery, contact
your doctor immediately.

If you hare considering cataract surgery, contact Key-Whitman to
schedule a free consultation.

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