Written By Lizzie Weakley / Reviewed By Ray Spotts
Cataract, a condition that causes the lens of the eye to cloud over, is one of the most common causes of age-related vision loss worldwide. An effective and permanent cataract treatment is surgery to remove and replace the clouded lens with an artificial one.
If you’re getting cataract surgery soon, here are five things you will need during your recovery.
A Friend for post-operation cataract treatment
The most important thing you will need after your cataract surgery is a friend or family member who can drive you to and from your appointment and help you get settled when you return home. If you don’t have anyone who can help, schedule a ride and ask the hospital if they can send a nurse or home health worker to check up on you.
Eyepatch for post-operation cataract treatment
Your doctor will probably send you home with an eyepatch or shield to keep dirt, debris and bacteria out of your eye. You may be able to remove it a few hours after surgery, but it’s a good idea to wear it while sleeping for at least a few days. You should also protect your eyes while gardening, playing sports or engaging in outdoor activities.
Anti-inflammatory Eye Drops for post-operation cataract treatment
Post-operative inflammation is a common side effect of cataract surgery. Although not every patient experiences it, your doctor may prescribe anti-inflammatory eyedrops or administer ocular steroid treatment to reduce swelling and prevent complications. Remember to pick up any prescriptions before your surgery so that you have them on hand.
A Clean House for post-operation cataract treatment
A major risk after cataract surgery is infection, which can be caused by bacteria or foreign objects entering the eye before it heals completely. Reduce your risk by making sure your house is clean before you come home from the hospital. Organizing and getting rid of clutter can also help prevent injuries while your vision is impaired.
New Glasses for post-operation cataract treatment
If you wear glasses, your prescription will probably change after cataract surgery. Your doctor will tell you when your eyes have healed enough to get a new prescription, which is usually one to three months after surgery. You won’t be able to wear contact lenses until your eyes heal completely, so get a pair of glasses before surgery if you only wear contacts.
Although cataract surgery is a relatively simple and painless procedure, you will probably feel some discomfort for a few days. Notify your doctor right away if you experience severe pain, eye swelling, loss of vision or visual disturbances like light flashes and floaters.
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Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and walks in the park with her three-year-old husky, Snowball.
Founder Ray Spotts has a passion for all things natural and has made a life study of nature as it relates to health and well-being. Ray became a forerunner bringing products to market that are extraordinarily effective and free from potentially harmful chemicals and additives. For this reason Ray formed Trusted Health Products, a company you can trust for clean, effective, and healthy products. Ray is an organic gardener, likes fishing, hiking, and teaching and mentoring people to start new businesses. You can get his book for free, “How To Succeed In Business Based On God’s Word,” at www.rayspotts.com.