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Recovery Tips For After Your Upcoming Cataract Surgery

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If you are tired of seeing flashes and floaters and have decided the time has come to have cataract surgery, then these tips will make your recovery safer and easier:

Wear the Special Dark Sunglasses Your Eye Surgeon Gives You to Protect Your Eyes

When it is time to leave the surgery center or hospital after your cataract surgery, you must wear the special dark sunglasses provided by your eye surgeon. The glasses are designed to protect your eyes from sunlight and other bright lights. 

Be Sure to Use Your Anti-Inflammatory and Antibiotic Drops as Prescribed to Prevent Complications

After your cataract surgery, your eye surgeon will give you a prescription for both anti-inflammatory drops and antibiotic drops to put into your eyes during the week or two after your surgery. It is important you use both drops as prescribed to control post-surgical swelling and to eliminate the possibility of an infection.

Wear Your Protective Shield Over Your Eye When You Sleep for the First Week Post-Surgery

When your cataract surgery procedure was finished, your surgeon taped a protective shield over your eye to protect it. If your eye were to get poked, even with your eyelid closed, it could cause your sutures to come apart and your surgery to fail.

While you can take the shield off while you are sitting around home recovering, when you sleep, you need to put the shield back on to protect your eye. This is important because if you accidentally poke yourself in the eye with your finger while sleeping, or jostle your eye in another way, you could injure it.

Don't Be Alarmed if Your Vision Is Blurry or Not Clear Just After the Surgery

While your recovery time should be fairly short after cataract surgery, it is entirely possible you may notice any number of the following symptoms in the first week or two post-surgery:

  • bloodshot eyes
  • distorted vision
  • wavy vision

In addition, the skin around your eyes may be bruised from the anesthetic injections around your eye. Give your eyes times to recover before becoming alarmed. 

Consult Your Eye Surgeon if You Have Any Signs of Infection or Complications

As one last note, it is important you contact your eye surgeon if you notice any signs of an infection or other complications. Healing from cataract surgery should be fairly straightforward, and any excess redness or pain after a few days should be investigated by your eye doctor.

For more information, contact a local eye clinic like Olympia Eye Clinic, Inc., P.S.