How To Ensure That Your Recovery From Cataract Surgery Goes Smoothly

Posted on: 22 September 2016

If you are planning on undergoing cataract surgery in the near future, there are a few things that you can do to ensure that your recovery process goes as smoothly as possible. 

Fulfill Your Prescription 

The first thing that you can do is be sure to fulfill the subscription that your doctor will provide you with for antibiotic eye drops that you are to use following your surgery. These eye drops will help reduce the inflammation that will occur in your eye and will help prevent your eye from becoming infected after your surgery. 

Try to see if you can get this prescription early so that you have it filled and ready to use right after your surgery.

Arrange For Transportation

Although your eyes will recover quickly, they will not recover instantaneously. Have a friend or family member come with you for your surgery to drive you home after it is done. You don't want to stress out your eyes by driving, and it will not be safe for you to do so right after your surgery.

If it is not possible for someone you know to drive you home, make sure you have the number for a cab company or a ride-sharing application installed on your phone so you can get home safely after your surgery.

Stay Upright

When you bend over, additional pressure is put on your eyes. Following surgery, the last thing you want to do is put extra pressure on your eyes. Try to avoid bending over for any reason.

If you are a caretaker for someone else, or own pets, try to arrange for someone else to take care of them for a few days so you don't have to bend over and put extra pressure on your eye. Relieving yourself of that responsibility could also allow you additional time to rest. 

Give Your Eyes A Rest

Although you should be able to do some light tv watching or even computer surfing a couple of hours after your surgery, now is not the time to binge on your favorite Netflix series or catch up on all your favorite blogs online. These types of activities should be done in moderation only. 

Instead, create a couple of playlists that you can listen and relax to following your surgery. Create a list of podcasts that you want to listen to or pick a new podcast to catch-up on and get into. Download some audio books that you can listen to. Give your ears a workout, but give your eyes a rest after your surgery to help them heal as quickly and as safely as possible. 

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