After Cataract Surgery: How to Prepare for Recovery and What to Expect

Cataract surgery can make a major change for someone who has had their vision affected by this common problem. Here is a look at some of the things you can expect after surgery.

What to Expect Immediately After Cataract Surgery

Right after cataract surgery, you will talk to the doctor at the hospital or place of surgery before you go home. You will not be able to see very clearly out of the eye that the surgery was performed on; that is normal. This is why it is important that you have someone with you to drive you home. You may find it uncomfortable to have your eye exposed to light, so the medical staff may have you wearing a patch over the eye or dark sunglasses. Most people are home within hours of having the surgery.

Avoiding Problems Once You Get Home

When you do get home, it is a good idea to just sit and relax with your eyes closed for a little while. Your eye will need time to adjust to the newly placed lens, so trying to focus on anything like the television or a computer screen may be a bit uncomfortable. You may have a little discomfort, itching, or inflammation of the eye. make sure you avoid any strenuous activity in those first few days after surgery.

Stay Alert to Signs of Problems

Even though cataract surgery is considered to be one of the most effective and successful types of surgery, occasionally, some patients do have problems even though it is a rarity. It is good to know the signs that something is wrong so you can immediately reach out to the eye doctor for advice. A few signs that something could be wrong include:

  • Swelling and inflammation that persists beyond a few days
  • Severe itching sensations in the eye that don’t start to get better
  • Excessive pain or pressure in the eye that seems to be getting worse

It is also worth noting that a bit of blurry vision and lack of focus after cataract surgery is normal. However, you should see your vision clear up progressively as time passes. If you are not seeing improvements, it is best to speak to your doctor.

With a little prior planning and knowing what to expect, cataract surgery can be a seamless process. Reach out to us at Brookleigh Family Eyecare to schedule an appointment if you believe you have cataracts.

 

Are Cheap Reading Glasses Bad For My Eyes?

Many people find it difficult to see things very close up the older they get. Things like food labels, clothing tags can be impossible to read, and engaging in hobbies like sewing or reading becomes unmanageable without help. This often makes reading glasses necessary. In recent years, cheap reading glasses have become available without a prescription in discount stores. You may even be able to find a pair for just one dollar. But are cheap reading glasses safe to use?

Your Brain and Your Eyes Work Together

If you’ve ever needed to get prescription eyeglasses, you know that there’s a period of adjustment. That’s because your brain and eyes work in tandem to learn how to correctly see out of your eyeglasses. When you introduce cheap reading glasses to the , you may inadvertently confuse your brain and eyes to the point where your regular prescription eyeglasses don’t work as intended. A better option is to ask your eye doctor to prescribe bifocals or progressive lenses, both of which will eliminate any need for cheap reading glasses.

Cheap Reading Glasses Have Only One Magnification

The majority of people have different prescriptions in each eye. Cheap reading glasses that you buy off the shelf in discount stores have only one magnification in both eyes. While it may seem like you’re able to read better wearing cheap reading glasses, in reality, one eye is probably doing most of the work. Over time, this will result in an imbalance in the eyes, which could affect your vision permanently. For this reason, only use prescription reading glasses that have the correct prescription in each lens.

It’s not worth it to risk permanent vision problems just to save a few dollars. Talk to your eye doctor about your near vision needs and get the quality prescription eyewear that you—and your eye—deserve.