When the lens of the eyes gets cloudy, it is commonly referred to as cataract. This eye condition is common among people who are 60 and above. The direct effect of having a poor vision leads to a lot complexities when it is not medically remedied. Poor vision can lead to more accidents, one of which is fall among elderly, which can then cause bone fracture that will eventually lead to more complications. However, all of these can be avoided through cataract surgery.
A cataract surgery is done by an ophthalmologist. Through a small incision into the eye, the foggy lens is carefully extracted using the appropriate eye instrument and once the cloudy lens is removed the new eye-lens is placed. Again, this very intricate procedure is done by duly trained eye doctor who has access to the latest technology and holds a solid experience in this type of eye surgery.
What to expect after cataract surgery varies from one patient to the other. However, the immediate concern right after the surgery is that patients are not allowed to drive. Patients may feel groggy; this is a typical reaction when one is sedated. It is for this reason that patients are cautioned not to drive. Since cataract removal is a day procedure, patients are advised to bring someone to assist them to drive. For some patients, they may not feel dizzy. However, they are still prohibited to drive.
Further, the day after the surgery patients is also warned to stay away from falling objects. The vision during this time is impaired and staying far from possible danger like any falling objects is important for their safety. Post operatively, patients are advised to wear eye glasses; this must be worn at all times. The eye glasses shields the eye from the light’s glare, dusts and other possible objects that may hit the eye directly. Likewise, patients are advised not to rub the eye. The use of soap water in the eyes is also discouraged at this time as well as swimming or using the hot tubs. The small incision at the affected eye may get contaminated or irritated forging perhaps another complication like eye infection.
In addition, what to expect after cataract surgery is that patients are warned not to bend, carry heavy loads or do strenuous exercises as these activities can put pressure to the eye causing it to swell. As the day’s progress, patients can now read or watch TV and proceed with light exercises or according to the doctor’s advice. Everything has to be done in accordance to the discharge advice from the doctor. During this time, patients need to adhere to the suggested activities, including the daily hygiene to avoid the possible complication as well as adherence to the eye medication and the proper storage of the eye drops.
Usually, patients are advice to see the doctor a day after the surgery or on the later days to check for the condition of the eye. After the initial checkup, patients may be scheduled to come back after a week to check on the healing process and the overall recovery of the operative eye.
When everything goes well, patients can now resume his daily activities with the assurance of a cataract-free eye(s).