Cataracts are a common vision issue in the country. In fact, roughly two million cataract surgeries are performed every year. If you are scheduled to undergo cataract surgery in the near future, you may want to read up on how to make sure your post-op recovery period goes without a hitch. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:
Keep Your Hands Away from Your Eyes
Many people experience a little irritation in the eye that underwent cataract surgery. In such cases, do your best to avoid succumbing to the temptation to touch your eyes in any way. Even gentle pressure can cause damage to the corneal flap, a complication that will require another procedure to correct. Until your doctor says it is safe to do so, it’s best to keep your hands away from your eyes.
Keep the Protective Shield On at Night
You will be provided with a protective shield to wear after the procedure to protect your eye from incidental damage. It is best to wear this protective shield for the first few hours after surgery. Afterwards, do feel free to remove it based on your doctor’s instructions. However, be sure to tape it back in place if you plan to take a nap or turn in for the night.
Take This Chance to Relax and Avoid Heavy Lifting
The first few days after cataract surgery are the most important days of your recovery period. Use this time to get as much rest as you can to allow your eye to heal. It’s best to avoid tasks that require you to lift anything heavy or bend over since these actions places unnecessary pressure on the eyes and delay your recovery.
Take a Bath Instead of a Shower
Wanting to take a shower is natural, but do take care when doing so after cataract surgery. Water droplets may be carrying bacteria, which can easily get into your eye and cause an infection. To avoid this situation, you may want to take a relaxing soak in your bathtub instead. When drying yourself, do take care to avoid rubbing your eyes.
Don’t Miss Your Appointments
After successful cataract surgery, your doctor will need to see you for a quick checkup to see how well your eye is recovering. You will typically be asked to return a day or two after the surgery, as well as a week after the first checkup. Make sure you don’t miss these appointments as your doctor may have additional instructions for you to follow.
Facts About Cataract, nei.nih.gov
What to Expect From Cataract Surgery, webmd.com