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Guide to Cataract Surgery and Eye Care

When your eye lens suddenly becomes opaque, then you are having a common condition that affects the eye called cataract. Many people who are aging develop cataract. Sometimes this is congenitally acquired. Cataract for aging people happens slowly, but cataract due to injury happens very quickly. The highest occurrence of cataract is found in people who are suffering from diabetes.

If you see halo around lights, then that is one of the symptoms of cataract. You should consult an ophthalmologist if you are already experiencing this condition. An opthamologist is licensed to perform cataract eye surgery. Sometimes it takes surgery to fix your eye disorder. There are two types of cataract eye surgery. The first is the removal of the lens within its capsule and the other is the removal of the lens, leaving the posterior portion of its capsule position. The means for restoring vision is through corrective eyeglasses, contact lenses or an intraocular lens implant.

Cataract eye surgery is planned and is an outpatient procedure. Patients are discharged right after surgery. There are after care procedures that must be followed if the cataract eye surgery is not to have any complications. Here are some of the procedures that can help your eyes to heal faster after a cataract surgery.

Preventing coughing and sneezing is beneficial. Mediations are given so that coughing and sneezing is prevented. Intraocular pressure in the eye can increase with too much coughing or sneezing. When this pressure increases it can impede normal healing processes which can result in eye complications which can lead to blindness.

Antiemetic medication is prescribed to patients who have undergone cataract eye surgery. This can help prevent nausea and vomiting which can increase the intraocular pressure of the eye.

Included in the list of prescriptions is the administration of stool softeners. This will prevent the patient from exerting too much force on straining. Straining can also increase intraocular pressure. Any activity that will increase the pressure of the eye are prohibited until the patient is fully recovered.

The patient is not allowed to sleep or lie on the side of the operation. So, the patient should sleep in a side lying position on the unoperative side. There will be pressure on the yes if you sleep on the side that underwent surgery. Intense pain on the eye operated on can be due to rising eye pressure or even hemorrhaging. You should report this to your ophthalmologist at once.

It is necessary to patch both eyes after the procedure. This will prevent your eyes from squinting or narrowing.

Eye care after cataract surgery is important so that the patient's vision can be restored. If you strictly follow what the ophthalmologist prescribes then you can achieve this end.