5 Cataract Surgery Recovery Tips

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Cataract surgery is a minor procedure that most people recover from relatively quickly, but it is common to have some discomfort for a little while after the procedure. Here are a few tips to make your recovery from cataract surgery as comfortable and problem-free as possible.

1. Organize a Pick-Up From the Clinic 

Some people find that cataract surgery immediately clears their vision, but it is also very common for vision to be blurry for a while. You might feel disoriented as the brain gets used to being able to see without the cataract. For these reasons, it is a good idea to get a friend or relative to pick you up after cataract surgery. Do not attempt to drive yourself home.

2. Don't Touch Your Eyes

Rubbing or pressing on your eyes can damage them at any time. After cataract surgery, your eyes are even more delicate than usual, so it is important to keep your hands away from them as much as possible. Even touching your eyes gently can introduce bacteria into them, which is not a good idea following surgery due to the risk of infection.

3. Stay Out of Pools or Hot Tubs

Staying away from pools and hot tubs is another good way to reduce your infection risk while your eyes are recovering from cataract surgery. Not only are shared pools a source of bacteria, but the water also contains chlorine which can irritate sensitive eyes. You can bathe or shower as normal as tap water does not have such high chlorine levels, but try not to get too much water in your eyes.

4. Keep Exercise Light

Once any sedatives that you were given for your cataract surgery have worn off, it is fine to do light exercise. For example, you could go for a walk or do some gentle yoga. Try to avoid vigorous exercise until your doctor lets you know that your eye has fully healed. Lifting heavy weights, for example, could cause an ocular blood vessel to rupture, which could interfere with the healing process.

5. Try Not to Sneeze

Sneezing puts a lot of strain on the eyes, which can be problematic when they are still healing. If you suffer from allergies or hayfever, try to stay away from substances that you know are likely to trigger sneezing. If you feel a sneeze coming on, shut your eyes and pinch your nose closed with your fingers to reduce its force.


21 October 2019

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