Five Things Not to Do After Cataract Surgery

When cataracts begin to impact your eyesight and decrease your quality of life, it’s best to seek a professional opinion at Focal Point Vision. As cataracts progress and the cloudy spots on the lens grow larger, you may experience blurriness, double vision, and, especially, trouble seeing at night or in low-light environments.

So, if you find yourself becoming distracted or disoriented and can no longer comfortably and effectively go about your daily tasks, please get in touch with our board-certified ophthalmologists and optometrists in San Antonio, TX.

For optimal results, these are five things patients should not do after cataract surgery

1) Driving: While you will be able to resume many non-taxing, low-impact daily activities following your procedure, you will not be able to drive for at least 24 hours afterward.

Cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure, making it a quick and effective way to improve vision. It does require anesthesia; therefore, it’s imperative to schedule to have someone to take you home. Of course, we will be able to provide a more specific timeline, and other recommendations and considerations, on a patient-by-patient basis.

2) Rubbing your eyes or any such activity that exerts extra pressure. Since the ocular tissues will be in full-on healing mode, you must avoid anything that may interfere with or delay this recovery period.

One of the main advantages of modern cataract surgery in San Antonio is its precision and safety, which extends to the post-treatment period. An efficient routine means vastly improved recuperative outcomes, and you can help optimize your future eye health by being careful.

3) For the same reason as above, it’s essential to avoid activities that could introduce foreign objects into the eye. So, it’s recommended that you suspend the use of eye makeup or any cosmetics that could migrate toward the area.

Similarly, you will want to avoid pools and hot tubs to keep water, bacteria, and chemicals from contacting the eye. Likewise, household activities, like dusting or gardening, should be avoided for a week or two, as dust, dirt, or pathogens could easily lodge in the ocular tissues and cause damage or infection.

4) Exercise and strenuous activities should be avoided for at least a week or so after your procedure. You can boost your recovery by maintaining other healthy habits, like eating right and getting enough quality sleep. Our experienced doctors can give you a more detailed timeline for fitness considerations and how soon you can ease into light activities, like walking or stretching.

5) Anything that requires fine-tuned motor movements or judging distances. There won’t be anything wrong with your muscles or coordination, though you may have trouble correctly judging distance for a short period after your cataract surgery.

So, for your safety, it’s recommended that you ask a family member or friend for help and that you take great care while navigating stairs or other potential environmental hazards.

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There are other things to keep in mind, such as the use of medications, which our experts will discuss further when you attend your comprehensive, detail-attentive consultation. While the restrictions may sound daunting, it’ll be easier than many think.

And the healing period, while different for everyone, may breeze by quicker than you know it. Plus, these precautions are more than a fair trade for long-lasting eye health, visual clarity, and immunity from future cataracts.

Don’t sit idly by as your cataracts progress and obscure an ever-growing portion of your visual field. Reach out to us today at Focal Point Vision so we can explore the best solution for you in San Antonio, TX.

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