Precautions After Cataract Surgery.
There are certain precautions after cataract surgery that one must follow to keep the eyes healthy and live long. Dr. Anin Sethi, currently practising at Mirchia’s Laser Eye Clinic, the best Lasik laser centre & Eye Specialist hospital in Chandigarh, shares tips on taking precautions after cataract surgery or Safed motia bind.
What is a cataract (precautions after cataract operation)?
Cataracts or Safed motia can happen due to age or a few other causes. We can’t treat Cataracts only by medication; they need surgery. However, there can be certain complication during cataract surgery, hence one must follow the precautions.
How long does it take for a cataract procedure?
Cataract surgery has become very advanced with the growing technology. This surgery does not take more than 10-15 mins. It might take longer than this if there are a few complications. But in 90% of the cases, it takes less than 15 mins to perform this surgery.
How do you ease the pain in the eyes?
We commonly use eye drops to numb the pain in the eyes. However, in a few cases, we give injections. After the surgery, we bandage the patient’s eyes for 2-3 hours. Or sometimes even this is not required.
Precautions after Cataract Surgery
We advise the patient not to rub their eyes after the surgery. And avoid eye contact with water. These two are the main precautions that the patient has to take. In addition, the patient mustn’t let water in his eyes, as it may cause infections. And the incision during surgery may be cut open again if the patient continues to rub their eyes. Therefore, we advise avoiding rubbing eyes and water for at least four weeks after the surgery.
What if the patient wants to take a bath?
If the patient wants to bathe after the surgery, he should take a bath below the neck. And bend his head backward to wash his hair so the water does not come on his face, and as a result, one can protect their eyes.
How to clean your face safely?
When it comes to washing your face or cleaning your eyes, you can take some cotton, boil it in water, and then gently clean your face and eyelashes. One must take these precautions for at least four weeks after the surgery.
How do you protect your eyes from pollution?
When it comes to protection against pollution, it is crucial for the first 4-5 days. After that, the patient can wear black protective sunglasses. The ones which cover and protect your eyes from all directions. One must wear the sunglasses for a week, and then we can remove them afterward.
Is it safe to use mobile phones and laptops and watch TV?
It is safe to watch TV and use your phone or laptop. A few hours after the surgery, the patient can use electronics. The patients may have blurry vision because of eye drops. But watching TV and using your phone won’t cause any harm.
Treatment after the cataract surgery:
Doctors prescribe eye drops to cataract patients for at least 30 days after surgery. In addition, they need to have some antibiotics, steroids, and other medications.
When to use power glasses?
After 2-3 weeks of operation, doctors give power glasses when the eyes get stable. After that, the doctor can provide temporary Glasses for the time being, but after three weeks, the patient needs to get tested and have proper glasses.
If you want to go for cataract surgery, you should know:
- One need not worry much.
- It is only a 10-15 minutes procedure.
- No after-effects, however, one may have little trouble on the first day, but it is barely visible after the surgery.
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