Are you or is someone you know a sufferer of cataracts? Have you or they already decided that to have surgery in order to remove the cataracts? Cataract surgery can be a huge milestone in the lives of many people. Where your vision was obscured, now it will be clear and free of issues. But before you actually go in for the surgery, it can be helpful to prepare for what will happen immediately following the surgery. Here are some things to keep in mind and that can help you minimize your healing time:
Vision may not clear immediately: While many people have eyesight that clears up and is almost immediately perfect following surgery, this is not true of everyone. All eyes are different, so don't be surprised if the eye shield or shields are removed and your vision is still distorted or blurry. It can take anywhere from a few hours to about a week for your eyes and brain to fully adjust to the results of your cataract laser surgery. While this can be upsetting to some people, try to keep in mind that blurry or distorted vision isn't necessarily a sign that there were any issues during the surgery; this is simply a natural course of events.
Avoid bending over: Although cataract laser surgery happens to your eyes and not to your abdomen or other muscles, it's still important to avoid things like bending over to pick up a dropped item or the lifting of heavy objects. Activities like these can raise your blood pressure, in turn increasing pressure in the fluid in your eye, and increase healing time. Because of this, strenuous activity should be avoided until your eyes have had a chance to fully recover and heal from the surgery.
Avoid swimming: It is easy to forget that cataract laser surgery still results in small wounds in your eye that must be allowed to heal. With laser surgery, the wounds may be microscopic but they are still there. Using a swimming pool or a hot tub while waiting for your eyes to heal may allow bacteria to enter your eye and cause an infection. In order to avoid as many complications as possible, avoid these kinds of activities until you are told that your eyes have healed and that there is no longer any danger of infection. Bathing or showering should be fine to do, however.