Some Do’s and Don’ts After Your Cataract Surgery

Many people around the world experience cataract surgeries, which consist in removing the clouded natural eye lens and replace it with an artificial lens called an intraocular lens (IOL). According to Dr. Neeraj Sanduja, MBBS, MS Ophthalmology – Ophthalmologist, Eye Surgeon, ‘phacoemulsification’ is the most common method of cataract surgery.

“Minimum Incision Cataract Surgery (MICS) is a new stitch-free surgery that helps in faster and smoother recovery. Nevertheless, cataract surgery requires certain post-operative precautions,” he says.

The doctor adds that although everyone’s recovery time is different, their doctor will most likely give them specific instructions.

Here are some general recommendations after cataract surgery:

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– You can watch TV.
– You can work on your computer.
– You can take a bath, but avoid getting water directly in your eyes. You can bathe only under the chin and wipe your face with a damp towel.
– You could read a book.
– You could go get a to walk.
– You must use your eye drops exactly as directed.
– Before applying any eye medicationswash your hands with soap and water.
– Rest for a few days.
– Sleep with your visor on and wear sunglasses outside.
– After surgery, ask someone to drive you home.
– At least 2 to 3 times a day, clean your eyes with boiled water and clean cotton.
– Do not forget to consult your ophthalmologist immediately in case of any problem.

Dr. Sanduja mentions the following things as things you should not do after cataract surgery:

* Avoid rubbing your eyes with your hands. He can dislodge stitches if any have been used or interfere with healing after surgery without stitches. It can also cause eye infections. If your eye is watery, gently wipe it with a clean tissue or sterile, damp cotton swab.
* Normal eye washing is not allowed for 10 days.
* Do not drive until your doctor tells you to.
* Strenuous activities and heavy lifting should be avoided.
* Avoid deep and tense efforts coughing, sneezing, and filter hard stools for a month if possible. These activities can strain your eyes.
* Avoid infectionavoid swimming and spas.
* For at least a month, avoid eye makeup.
* Do not travel by plane.
* Avoid bending over after surgery.
* Avoid dusty areas to prevent irritants from entering your eyes.

“Increase your consumption of rich in fiber food, green leafy vegetables, and lean proteins. Avoid foods high in sugar and refined carbohydrates. A healthy diet provides your body with the nutrients it needs during the recovery process,” concludes the doctor.

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