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6 Things To Remember Before Cataract Surgery

6 Things To Remember Before Cataract Surgery

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Getting ready for a surgery can be a daunting task. It can feel like there are a million things you need to prepare in advance.

Even a procedure like cataract surgery needs some planning! Relax by checking out these six tips before cataract surgery!

Figure Out Your Ride Situation

Your vision will likely be blurry after surgery so it will be too dangerous to drive yourself back. Cataract surgery does not take long to perform.

It may be easiest to find someone who is willing to wait for you at our clinic in Fort Myers, FL and then drive you home. Cataract surgery in total takes anywhere between 30 minutes and an hour. If you’re comfortable with it, you can also use a ride-sharing app to get back home after your surgery.

Get Help During Recovery

Recovering from cataract surgery is quick and easy, but you will need to take it easy. For the first few days (sometimes up to a week) after your surgery, you will not be able to do any kind of heavy lifting. For the first couple of days, don’t bend over as this could create pressure in your eyes.

This pressure could damage your eyes since they will still be healing.  If you can, ask a friend or family member to help you while you go through the beginning phase of your recovery. If no one is available, make sure you are set up to live for about a week taking it easy.

You will be able to complete activities like reading or watching TV immediately. After the first week, you will be able to return to your job. This does not apply if you work in construction or around dust.

Take Antibiotic Medication

After cataract surgery, you will get a prescription for antibiotic drops. These are to help reduce the odds of an eye infection. It is important to take these as instructed. Doing so will help keep your eyes from getting infected or developing complications.

Come In Well Rested

Cataract surgery is going to take a lot out of you, and it never helps if you come in for surgery when you’re tired. Being tired can stress you out and make you more anxious. It’s best to go into any operation or procedure calm and ready!

Don’t Wear Makeup To Your Surgery

You may think you look pretty, but wearing makeup on the day you have cataract surgery is bad. There are many chemicals in makeup that could end up in your eyes.

These chemicals will increase your risk of infection. For the best results possible, wear comfortable clothing on the day of surgery. You should shower the day of your procedure to remove any dirt or contaminants.

Arrive Early

On the day of your surgery, make sure to arrive early. There may be extra paperwork that you need to fill out before your surgery. If you’re feeling nervous, it can help to have time to center yourself before you get cataract surgery.

Most things in life that are unfamiliar can be scary, but cataract surgery doesn’t have to be! Contact Frantz EyeCare for your cataract needs today!

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