Cataract surgery is relatively straightforward and can be done in as little time as 10 minutes. Once your cataract surgery is complete, you will be sent to our recovery room to be monitored and to wait for the anesthesia to wear off. Once you are approved to go home, you will be restricted from driving, so it’s important that you arrange a ride home after surgery. To speed up your recovery from surgery, we have created a list of four easy tips. Read on to learn more.
- Avoid Exercise
Yes, it is true that exercise is key to living a healthy life. However, while you are recovering from cataract surgery, you should avoid any form of strenuous exercise because it could cause potential problems and increase your recovery time.Specifically, avoid any weight lifting or exercise that involves you having to bend over to pick anything up— bending over will place pressure on your eye.
- Avoid Chlorine
If you enjoy swimming laps or taking a dip in the hot tub, you should refrain from doing so for a few weeks. Filled with bacteria, the chlorinated water can cause an eye infection.
- Don’t Rub or Scratch Your Eyes
Even if you have an eyelash in your eye, make sure that you don’t rub or scratch your eyes for at least a week after surgery. By placing pressure on your eyes, you can slow down the recovery process or even cause permanent damage. If you do have something in your eyes, try using some clean, warm water to flush it out.
- Wear Sunglasses
Directly after cataract surgery, your eyes will be more sensitive to things like light and sun exposure. To help protect your eyes from the sun, make sure that you wear sunglasses every time you go outside while you are recovering.
Dr. Steve Thom’s main goal in performing cataract surgery is to ensure that you get the best results in the safest way possible. By following the tips above, you can speed up your recovery. To learn more about cataract surgery or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Steve Thom, contact our office today!