Cataract surgery is a good option for those with cataracts that want to see clearly again. It’s a relatively short painless procedure, but as with most surgeries, there will be some after effects and recovery. But there’s no need to worry as long as you give yourself time to recover after your surgery. If you are concerned about your long-term health, there are ways to prepare before the surgery and have a healthy recovery!
Sun damage is a leading cause of cataracts, along with other visual impairments and diseases. UV rays are terrible for your eyes, so it’s always important to wear sunglasses or a hat with a wide brim to keep the sun out of your eyes on a sunny day. This is a simple way to make sure your eyes don’t get any worse and improve your overall health. And don’t forget to wear sunscreen, too!
Stay In Well-Lit Areas
The best way to improve your health before cataract surgery is to stay safe. Your cataracts may make it difficult to drive at night due to low light and glare from headlights. Don’t strain your eyes and risk driving too much after dark. An accident won’t improve your health! Also, be sure when you’re working on something that requires focus, like reading, to stay in well-lit areas to avoid straining your eyes. It’s a common myth that you can make your cataracts worse by trying to read in low light, and it isn’t true— but it will cause undue discomfort in the short term. Remember to go easy on your eyes and let them have a good rest before you undergo surgery at Montgomery Eye Center in Naples.
Avoid Eye Irritants
It should go without saying to avoid irritants like dust and pollen, but you should also be careful about what you put near your eyes in regards to makeup. Makeup contains a ton of bacteria, especially if you’ve had the same container of mascara or eyeliner for a while. Do yourself a favor and skip the eye makeup— or at the very least, buy new makeup and be careful to clean your face often. This is a good way to avoid infections, which you definitely don’t want to get before or after your surgery! Certainly, do not wear makeup when you go to surgery.
After cataract surgery, your doctor will ask you to take it easy for a while and be careful with strenuous activity. It isn’t good to be sedentary, so leading up to your surgery you should be exercising regularly. Set up a regular regimen that you can easily taper off and get back into to coincide with your surgery. Staying active is a great way to get and stay healthy, even if it’s just walking for half an hour every couple days. Once your surgery is over, your doctor will tell you when you can get back to regular exercising and when you can get back to more strenuous activity.
If you’re considering cataract surgery, contact Montgomery Eye Center today to schedule a consultation.