Tips for Recovering from Cataract Surgery

Cataracts are a significant problem for many patients. The condition is characterized by the clouding of the natural lens of the eye. These usually start out small, but over time they grow and begin to impact the vision of the patients.

Hazy vision is one of the first symptoms of cataracts, and when left untreated, the patient will eventually become blind. If you suffer from cataracts, you are likely to experience cataracts in both eyes, although these may not necessarily develop at the same time or at the same rate.

If you suffer from cataracts, you will almost certainly be referred for surgery, which is the only way of treating the condition. Cataract surgery is straightforward, quick and typically yields excellent results. However, in order to get the best possible outcome from your surgery, you must ensure that you follow all guidelines regarding your recovery from the procedure.

Here are our top tips for a swift and healthy recovery from your cataract surgery.

Do Not Touch Your Eyes After Surgery

Your eyes may feel a little uncomfortable for a few days, and it can be tempting to rub or touch them to try and alleviate this problem. However, doing so can introduce bacteria in your healing eyes, and this increases the likelihood of you developing an infection. Don’t touch your eyes if you can avoid it.

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Take Medications and Eyedrops as Prescribed

It can be easy to forget to take your prescribed medication and eye drops. After cataract surgery, you will be prescribed anti-inflammatory and antibiotic eye drops. The reason you will be prescribed these will be because they will help with your recovery, and so they should be taken as directed.

Do Not Wear Cosmetics After Cataract Surgery

Cosmetics shouldn’t be worn on the eyes for at least the first week of the healing process. You should also avoid applying moisturizing creams or gels to the eyes or getting water in your eyes when showering or washing your hair. The ingredients in these products can cause irritation or inhibit the healing process. We will advise you when you can resume using these products.

Stay Away from Things that Could Irritate Your Eyes

If you suffer from hay fever, you should consider staying inside as much as you can during the first few days after your cataract surgery, since pollen will likely irritate your eyes and make them sore, as well as potentially compromising how well you heal after surgery. You should also avoid going to locations where there are fine particles that could enter your eyes, such as the beach or somewhere particularly dusty.

Don’t Swim For At Least a Week After Surgery

Chemicals and bacteria in swimming pools and hot tubs can be harmful to your eyes while they are healing after cataract surgery.

Follow the Advice of Our Ophthalmologist

Dr. Ahdoot and the entire team at Progressive Ophthalmology are invested in ensuring that you have the best possible outcome from your cataract surgery. If you have any questions about cataract surgery or the recovery process, we will be able to provide more advice relating to your recovery during your initial consultation. We recommend following all our guidance during the recovery process.

Want to know more about the recovery process for cataract surgery? Contact Progressive Ophthalmology in Sunnyside Queens today at 718-565-2020.