Eye Care After Lasik & Cataract
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First, let's discuss what you will experience after the eye surgery:
- Sensitivity of the eye
- Feeling of itchiness
- Glare / Halo sensitivity
All the above post operation experiences or side effects are just normal and will gradually lessen as days pass by, enabling the eye patient to resume back to his/her daily regimen without any difficulty. In order for you to have a faster recovery period, read the following do's and don'ts advised by eye doctors to all their patients who had surgery.
- Do not rub your eye with your hands. This can impair the healing process after stitchless surgery. Also, it can cause eye infections. If your eye waters or itches, you can wipe it gently with a clean tissue or a sterile, moist cotton swab.
- Do not have a shower bath for the first 10 days after surgery. You can take a bath below the chin only and use a wet towel to wipe your face.
- Eye washing with normal water is not allowed for 10 days.
- Do not indulge in activities that might cause damage to your eyes. Do not play with children or engage in contact sports or activities like swimming for a month to avoid any chances of infections or injuries.
- Do not lift heavy weights. If possible, avoid deep and straining cough, sneezing and straining hard for stools for a month. These activities might increase the pressure in your eyes.
- Don't bend during the first few days after the eye surgery because it can cause some pressure to the eyes.
- Don't expose your eyes to windy environment or as much as possible avoid outdoor activities while the eye is very sensitive and the wound is starting to heal.
- For women patients don't wear eye make-up for three weeks after surgery to avoid any harmful chemicals irritating the eye and increase infection to the eye.
- You may begin shaving after the 3rd day after Operation.
- You can resume activities like watching TV, reading newspaper or shopping after 2-3 days of surgery. You may resume all your routine household activities after a week
- Do instil eye drops regularly, as advised by your eye doctor.
- Do wash your hands with soap and water before you apply any eye medications.
- Do clean your eyes with clean boiled water using cotton, 2-3 times a day.
- Wear UV protected sunglasses if there is a need to be exposed under the harmful rays of the sun.
- Do contact your eye surgeon immediately if there is any problem.
- After a month's recovery, return to your eye specialist for another series of eye evaluation, so that he/she can check how well your operated eyes are performing.
Important : Please report back immediately in case of
Sudden decrease in vision
Painful Red eye
Taking steps to maintain healthy eyes will help you keep your vision and also promote overall health. Many things that promote eye health also improve general health. These include eating right, exercising, taking vitamins, drinking enough water and getting adequate sleep. Visit the eye doctor and take steps to protect your eyes from sunlight and airborne hazards that may cause vision loss.
Visit an eye doctor and have a complete eye examination every couple of years if you are over age 40. Children should have complete eye examinations at ages 6 months and 3 years. Youths age 4 to 19 should have the more basic eye screenings every year during medical checkups. People should have a complete eye exam at least once between ages 20 to 29, and twice between ages 30 and 39.
- Make an appointment with an ophthalmologist if you have itching, swelling, puffiness, redness or irritation around the eye or eyelid. See a doctor if you have blurred vision or loss of vision. These conditions may be symptoms of eye disease.
- The medical industry has made major advancements in treating eye diseases such as glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration. If you have been diagnosed with glaucoma, macular degeneration or other eye disease, take your medications and follow the doctor's orders.
- Ask your eye doctor about special prescription glasses for working on computers. The prescription for your regular glasses or contacts may not be right for computer work. Working on a computer can strain eyesight.
Wear sunglasses treated with ultraviolet protection when outdoors. Reducing ultraviolet light exposure will prevent damage from sunlight. Brown cataracts, also called sunshine cataracts, and macular degeneration have been linked to exposure to sunlight.
- Limit your time outdoors in the summer sun between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., especially if you already have eye disease. Sunlight strikes the Earth at less of an angle and is more intense when high overhead in midday and in summer.
Wear eye protection when working in industrial situations or using power tools and when playing sports. Eye injuries resulting in vision loss or blindness may happen when working around airborne or hazardous materials.
Maintain a healthy weight, eat proper nutrition and get exercise to help prevent diabetes and diabetes-related eye disorders and blindness. The improved circulation of blood that comes with a getting good nutrition and exercise will also help keep eyes healthy.
- If you have diabetes, maintain careful control in order to help prevent diabetic retinopathy, which can result in blindness.
- To get proper nutrition eat lean meats, low-fat dairy, lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, nuts, whole grains. Cook with fats derived from plants like canola oil, nut oils or olive oil.
Consume certain foods and drinks that may help prevent eye disease. Drink green tea, carrot juice and eat carrots, tomatoes, peaches, papaya, mangoes, garlic, spinach, turkey, chicken, nuts, sunflower seeds and yogurt. These foods contain vitamins, minerals and other chemicals that may help keep eyes healthy.
Ask your doctor about vitamin and dietary supplements that research has shown may prevent or even reverse eye disease. Studies have shown taurine, R-lipoic acid, xanthophylls, bilberry, quercetin, gingko biloba, zinc, carnosine and vitamins A, C and E to be healthy for eyes.
Get adequate sleep every night so your eyes are rested and not strained.
Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration that can damage eyes.
Avoid rubbing your eyes if your eyes itch or feel tired.
- Maintain a distance of 30 centimeter (11.8 in) when working on the computer.
- Maintain a distance of 2m when watching television.