Cataract surgery is one of the more common surgical procedures in the US. Millions of people each year undertake the procedure in order to improve their vision. Recovery can be seamless as you ease back into your daily life, but it’s important to make sure you take a few precautions before you jump back into the swing of things. That’s what we’re here to discuss today.
Here are some things you can do to make your recovery go more smoothly so that you can get back to things that matter the most as quickly as possible. Let’s jump right in!
Limit strenuous activity
Try not to do things like heavy lifting, running around or exercise for a few weeks. This helps you avoid putting pressure on your eyes – as that can interfere with any incision before it fully heals. Things like bending over or moving your head below your waste can do the same – and should be avoided for a little while following your procedure.
Be careful around water
Getting water in your eyes can put you at risk for infection if you’re not careful – especially right after surgery. That means being careful in the shower and avoiding things like swimming in the ocean or a swimming pool. Anything you can do to avoid direct contact with your eyes should be done and you should consult with your doctor to determine when is the best time to resume those activities.
When you get cataract surgery – everything is going to look brighter. As such, it’s probably a good idea to avoid driving for whatever period of time your doctor recommends. While this is sure to cause some inconveniences, it’s not safe and should be avoided not just for your safety, but for the safety of others.
Shield your eyes from potential irritants
People wear wrap around glasses for a reason – and that’s because things like dust, dirt and pollen can serve as irritants to your eyesight and shield your eyes from what will be a strong sensitivity to light. Talk to your doctor, who will most likely prescribe you some sort of wrap-around protection to keep your eyes safe.
And as always – listen to your doctors! They’ll be able to guide you the best! Good luck with your surgery – the recovery won’t be long and trust us when we tell you – it’ll be worth it!