A Few Important Things To Know Before Scheduling Cataract Surgery

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If you have cataracts in your eyes, then you may have trouble seeing. This is common, since the eye lenses cloud over and prevent light from making its way to the retina. And when you can no longer see well, even with corrective lenses, it may be time to start thinking about having surgery. Surgical procedures are performed to replace the eye lens, and there are a few things you should know before the operation is scheduled.

Eyes Are Treated Separately

When you schedule your cataract surgery, you should be prepared to schedule two different procedures. Specifically, each eye must be treated separately with the replacement lenses placed one at a time. The two procedures are often completed several weeks apart, but they can be scheduled only a few days apart.

Typically, the separate surgeries allows the vision in one eye to stabilize and become clear before the other eye is treated. This allows for at least partial vision at all times.

Also, there are some complications associated with cataract surgery. Treating the eyes separately helps to minimize the risks, so that vision is not compromised as a whole. For example, If you develop swelling and fluid buildup, these things can place pressure on the retina and leave you with a visual acuity problem. Before the second eye is surgically treated, the cataract procedure can be modified to reduce the incidence of these sorts of complications. Modifications are also made in situations where the first operation does not lead to a substantial improvement in visual acuity on the first eye.

You May Need To Modify Your Activity Level

Before you schedule your operation, you should know that you may need to modify your activity level for at least a few days after your procedure. Specifically, during the first week after surgery, you will be asked to avoid lifting heavy objects and participating in sports activities. Any activity that can raise the blood pressure, and the pressure within the eye, should be avoided.

Also, anything that can cause debris to fly into your eye should be avoided for a week or two, as should anything that may cause dirty water or another fluid to splash into your eye.

Eye shields must be worn for up to one week as well. You may need to avoid bright lights, like the glare of the sun. To ensure that you are able to follow all of your ophthalmologist's orders, prepare early and make sure your schedule allows for these changes in your activities. 

For more information, contact a company like The Eye Center Inc today.


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