Cataract Pre-Surgical and Post-Surgical Care

Cataracts are a condition where protein deposits build up on the crystalline lens in the eye, causing the eyesight to get progressively worse. If untreated, cataracts can cause blindness. If your cataracts are at the point where they’re affecting your daily routines, your eye doctor has probably recommended cataract surgery. This is a quick outpatient procedure with a very high rate of success but, like with any other surgery, care must be taken both before and after the procedure.

Our office team features optometrist serving Conway and Myrtle Beach, and each doctor will spend quality time with you to make sure you’re clear on all of your surgery-related questions. In most cases, your surgery and care will be simple and straightforward. We’ll treat you for both pre- and post-surgical care, making sure you have the best preparation and recovery experience.

Cataract Pre-Surgical Care

You’ll have a pre-operative eye exam with your surgeon, where he’ll check the shape of your eyes and take measurements for the size and power of lens implant needed. Contact lenses can skew the results of this exam, so if you wear soft contact lenses, stop wearing them one week before the exam. If you wear hard contacts, discontinue wearing those two weeks before. You’ll need to arrange transportation for the day of your surgery. Let your driver know you’ll be there for a number of hours. You should discontinue taking certain medications a week or two before your surgery — our doctors will advise you on this. You’ll begin using pre-operative eye drops and antibiotic drops three days before your surgery. Use these drops on the morning before your surgery. Wash your hair that morning before arriving. It will help keep the area more sanitary, and you’ll avoid having to bend over and wash it for the next two days.

Cataract Post-Surgical Care

The first day after surgery could leave you feeling lethargic. That’s a normal effect of surgery, but it should wear off very shortly. Take it easy for the rest of the day. Allow other people to care for you, if possible. Watch TV, or read a book if it doesn’t bother your eyes. Don’t bend over or lift anything over 10 pounds. Continue using your eye drops as recommended by your eye surgeon. Have someone drive you to your appointment in our office, usually the next day. Bring all your medications with you.

During the first week after surgery, take baths instead of showers to prevent getting soap or water in your eye. Wear strong sunglasses whenever you’re outdoors. Walking and running are fine, but avoid contact sports or any activity that might allow anything to hit your eye. Wash your hands carefully and frequently, and avoid rubbing your eyes. Itching is normal in the first week or so after surgery, but rubbing can damage the healing incision. Once your eye has healed we’ll give you an eye exam, prescribing new glasses if needed. Avoid contact lenses until our doctor says it is safe.

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