Care of Your Eye After Cataract Surgery

March 23, 2017 — by William Goldstein
Tags: Cataracts Cataract Surgery Laser Cataracts Surgery Cataract Postop

Cataract is a condition of the eye wherein the eye’s natural lens becomes clouded and vision becomes impaired and cloudy. This lens lies behind the pupil and the iris and is prone to cataract once the person crosses the age of 40. Cataract is responsible for a large percentage of the population’s blindness and is a very common condition that affects the eye. 

Fortunately, there are a number of options available to treat cataract including laser surgery. Cataract surgery has a very high success rate in restoring a person’s vision. In cataract surgery, the clouded lens is removed and replaced with a clear plastic lens. However, in order to prepare for the surgery, there are a few important do’s and don'ts to be followed before and after the surgery, more so after the surgery. Let’s take a look at some of the do’s and don’ts after having cataract surgery. 

Do’s and Don’ts after cataract surgery

Do’s:

 Make sure to take the eye drops given by your eye doctor or surgeon post the surgery to prevent infection or swelling of the eye and proper recovery. 

 Carry on with your daily and routine activities post the surgery but don’t indulge in very strenuous activities for the eye. Walking, writing, reading and watching TV are all suitable in limits at periodical intervals of time. 

 Exercising every day is vital to build up your eye’s strength but again don’t overdo anything.

 Make sure to wear the protective eye patch all the time during the day and night when you’re asleep and as much as possible try to avoid sleeping on the side on which the eye has been operated on to avoid any pressure or strain on it.

 Make sure to close your eyes while bathing or showering to avoid letting water enter your operated eye.

Don’ts:

 Avoid itching, rubbing or even touching your eye post cataract surgery or even letting water enter the eye as your eye is very vulnerable to infections at this time. 

 Avoid swimming for at least 2 weeks and driving for at least 24 hours post the surgery as the chlorine from swimming pools and strain from driving can take a toll on the operated eye. 

 Avoid putting on any eye makeup for at least a month post the surgery.

 Avoid any physical activity that is very strenuous such as lifting heavy weights at the gym, bending, for a few days till your vision is completely back to normal.

Following these guidelines and your other instructions from your doctor will help ensure a great outcome from your cataract surgery in Detroit.