Reducing Discomfort After Cataract Surgery

October 23, 2018 — by Dr. Gregory Stainer
Tags: Cataracts Cataract Surgery

Getting eye drops placed by a vision doctorIt’s been estimated that 25 million Americans are living with cataracts. Thankfully, cataract surgery is an effective and routine vision procedure that can restore eyesight and overall quality of life. Working with a Bakersfield, CA eye surgeon like Dr. Gregory A. Stainer can make all the difference in terms of seeing clearly again.

After undergoing cataract surgery, patients may notice some discomfort as they heal. This is natural, but there are plenty of things that patients can do to reduce their discomfort. The team at Southwest Eye Care and Laser would like to offer some recovery tips for cataract surgery patients that will help reduce pain and minimize the severity of other side effects.

Take Pain Relievers as Directed

Pain following cataract surgery should not be too severe. That said, an eye surgeon may recommend that you take over-the-counter pain medication if your eyes are giving you trouble. Consider non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), as these tend to be ideal for managing pain as well as inflammation following surgery.

Avoid Touching or Rubbing Your Eyes

Your eyes may feel sore and itchy after cataract surgery, and your first instinct may be to rub your eyes. This is something you must avoid doing after a cataract surgery. Rubbing, touching, or picking at your eyes will make the pain worse and could lead to complications. Hands off until your surgeon says otherwise.

Have Artificial Tears Handy

As noted above, eye irritation, dryness, and itchiness are all common issues after undergoing an eye surgery of some kind. Artificial tears can provide soothing relief of these issues. Carry these lubricating eye drops with you at all times.

Avoid Smoky, Dusty, Dry Places

Dry eye, irritation, and discomfort after surgery can be triggered by dust, smoke, or dry air. To help reduce discomfort as you heal from cataract surgery, consider avoiding environments where these sorts of things are issues.

Avoid Heavy Lifting

Excess straining caused by lifting, strenuous exercise, and other activities can all lead to pain and discomfort. Be sure to avoid heavy lifting, intense cardio, and other similar activities until you are full healed. Check with you eye surgeon about these do’s and don’ts.

Get Plenty of Rest

Related to the above, healing from surgery means saving your energy and focusing on wellness. Be sure to get plenty of rest after your cataract surgery is performed. Rest your eyes in the first day or so after surgery, and try to give your body a chance to relax for a bit.

Wear Sunglasses or a Hat with a Brim

Your eyes will be very sensitive to sunlight in the first days after cataract surgery. To avoid discomfort and to protect your eyes from the effects of the sun, be sure to wear sunglasses when you are outdoors. A hat with a brim is also helpful to shade your eyes from the sun and other harsh/bright lights.

Attend Follow-Up Visits as Scheduled

Follow-up visits with your eye surgeon are essential for proper healing and to prevent complications from progressing. Attend these visits as scheduled, and do not hesitate to contact the practice whenever you have questions about the health of your eyes.

Learn More About Cataract Surgery

For more information about recovering from cataract surgery, cataract prevention, and other eye care topics, be sure to contact our team of eye care specialists. We at Southwest Eye Care and Laser are here to help. You can read our practice by phone at (661) 833-4040.

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