Understanding the Restrictions After Cataract Surgery

Cataract surgery is a common procedure that can help improve your vision and quality of life. However, it is important to be aware of the restrictions that come with the surgery. After cataract surgery, you should not engage in strenuous activities such as biking, jogging, lifting weights, or doing aerobic exercise for two weeks or until your doctor says it's okay. You should also avoid swimming, bathing in hot tubs, working in the garden, and dusting for one to two weeks.

Wear sunglasses on sunny days for at least one year after surgery. Until the surgeon tells you that you can only do light activities. It is important to avoid heavy lifting, exercising, and other strenuous activities. You can usually go home the same day as your surgery, but you won't be able to drive, so ask for a ride home.

Also ask for help at home, if needed, because your doctor may limit activities, such as bending down and lifting objects, for about a week after surgery. In most cases, waiting to have cataract surgery won't harm your eye, so you'll have time to consider your options. You will be provided with a protective eye shield that you must wear during sleep (including naps) for at least the first week after cataract surgery. Cataract surgery has a high success rate in improving your vision and should allow you to return to normal activities, such as driving. If possible, it may be beneficial to evaluate and treat other eye problems before making the decision to have cataract surgery. Once you've completed cataract surgery, you'll be well on your way to a better lifestyle with the visual clarity you've wanted for years.

Tell your doctor if you are taking any medications for prostate problems, as some of these medications may interfere with cataract surgery. Sometimes, cataract surgery doesn't improve vision because of underlying eye damage caused by other conditions, such as glaucoma or macular degeneration. Compared to other notable eye surgeries, recovery time from cataract surgery is relatively quick. If you have cataracts in both eyes, your doctor will usually schedule the second surgery after the first eye has healed. If you're considering cataract surgery, it is important to understand the restrictions that come with the procedure and follow all instructions given by your doctor. At Heart of Texas Eye Care we offer free consultations so that you can make an informed decision about whether or not this procedure is right for you.

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