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8 Essential Steps for Post-Cataract Surgery Care

Cataracts, a common eye condition mostly affecting aged individuals, is caused due to the clouding of the eye’s natural lens. These cloudy formations in the eye lens, if left ignored can also cause visual impairment over time. Fortunately, cataract surgery offers a ray of hope, promising to restore vision. The journey doesn’t end with surgery though. A smooth recovery post the surgery period is equally important for best results, which requires a lot of care. Here are eight post-surgery recommendations for you to ensure a successful recovery.

  • Protective Eyewear
    While you’re awake, wear sunglasses or recommended spectacles to shield your eyes.
  • Eye Cover at Bedtime
    Prior to sleep, use a protective eye cover to prevent rubbing of your eyes.
  • Moderate Screen Time
    You can watch television or read books, but take breaks every few minutes to avoid any discomfort.
  • Gentle Activity
    Engage in routine activities like walking and dining out but avoid bending the head below waist level.
  • Safety Measures
    Be very careful with your movements and avoid lifting anything heavy, coughing, sneezing and rubbing of your eyes as much as possible.
  • Shower Precaution
    Don’t let water enter your eyes during a shower at least the first few weeks post the surgery.
  • Facial Hygiene
    Brush your teeth and wash your lower face carefully, preventing water from splashing into the eyes. You can dab your eyes and face using a moist cotton ball or facial towel, moving from one side to the other.
  • Environmental Awareness
    Avoid any dusty environment and stay away from steam and smoke for at least a week or two after the surgery to avoid discomfort.

Remember to adhere to the prescribed eye drop regimen and do not miss attending the scheduled appointment with your physician during the four-week recovery period. To avoid this, you can set a follow up reminder on the DRiefcase app, so you never miss your doctor’s appointment. If you experience any discomfort, pain, eye irritation, swelling, redness, blurred vision or accidents involving the operated eye, immediately seek medical attention.