What to expect after Cataract Surgery
Things to avoid immediately after Cataract Surgery
How long do the eyes have to be covered after surgery?
The operated eye will be covered with a protective plastic eye shield. For daycare patients the eye shield is removed, and the eyes are examined before returning home. After the operation, all patients are advised to wear a protective eye shield for a month while sleeping.
How long to use eye drops?
The patient will be taught how to put in eye drops correctly. Eye drops prevent infection and helps to reduce inflammation after the operation. It may be necessary for 2-3 months after surgery. Always wash hands before putting drops. Do not touch the dropper tip with your hands
The correct method for putting eye drops.
The correct method for cleaning the operated eye.
After surgery, contact the hospital immediately if there is
How safe is a cataract surgery? What complications are reported?
Cataract surgery is one of the most successful eye surgeries. However, since it is a major operation, some complications can develop and must be considered before giving consent to have surgery.
Since the eye is opened for surgery, a serious internal infection could develop and permanently harm or even destroy the eye and vision. This can be controlled by medications or surgery. The risk for infection is low (3-5/1000).
If the bleeding cannot be controlled vision can be damaged. The risk is very low (1 in 10,000).
Cataract surgery causes a disturbance to the internal dynamics of the eye leading to small tears in the retina that may later progress to retinal detachment and loss of vision. Most tears can be treated with laser or freezing with a cryo probe. Detachments can be treated with surgery.
Cystoid Macular Edema (CME):
Patients may experience blurring and distortion of images.
This may be temporary due to the effect of the anaesthetic. If it becomes a problem, surgery can reverse the condition.
The transparent posterior capsular support of the Intra Ocular Lens becomes translucent and thus does not allow complete transmission of light. The patient's vision again becomes slightly hazy. This can be remedied by laser treatment in the out-patient department itself.
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