Every year, millions of people have cataract surgery. Recovery can be seamless, or you could have problems. You can minimize those problems by following the tips your doctor gives you to follow during the recovery process and as you get back to your schedule.
Tip #1: Limit Strenuous Activity
Heavy lifting, rigorous exercise, and even just bending over so your head is below your waist can cause additional pressure on the incision. Avoid strenuous activity for at least two weeks after your surgery, as pressure on the incision can interfere with healing.
Tip #2: Protect Your Eyes
Wear an eye shield at night to keep yourself from rubbing or touching your eye while you sleep. Additionally, wear wraparound sunglasses to protect your eyes from dirt and dust that can get in the incisions. They also help with light sensitivity after the surgery.
Tip #3: No Driving
Your surgeon will let you know when it is safe to start driving again. Timeframes are based on the progress of your recovery.
Tip #4: No Swimming or Showering
You should wait at least 24 hours after having cataract surgery before you get into a shower. Even then, do not let the water hit your eyes, as it could cause irritation or even an infection at the incision.
You should also stay out of the pool or lakes for a few weeks. Your doctor will give you the recommended amount of time to stay out of the water.
Tip #5: Always Follow Doctor’s Orders
Make sure you use the eyedrops your doctor prescribes as directed–every person is different, so your eyedrop regimen may be different from your friend’s or relative’s.
Additionally, ask your doctor if you’re unsure whether you should be doing a specific activity, such as riding a motorcycle or hiking. Finally, call your doctor if you experience eye pain, vision loss, nausea, excessive coughing, vomiting, floaters, or flashes in your vision.
Where to Find Cataract Surgery in Amarillo, TX
- John W. Murrell, MD, Ophthalmology and Oculoplastic Surgery, serves Amarillo and the surrounding areas in Texas. To find out more about cataract surgery, schedule a consultation with Dr. Murrell at W. John W. Murrell, MD, Ophthalmology and Oculoplastic Surgery. Call 806-351-1177 or reach out to us through our online form.