Micro-incisional cataract surgery generally takes less than 10 minutes if performed by a qualified and experienced eye specialist and cataract surgeon. At MCES, we have cataract surgeons who are trained to deliver quality results and a pleasant and relaxing experience for the patients.
We will not only take care of your cataract but will also take a holistic approach to the health of your eye and any ongoing care that is required. Following the surgery, most people have little to no pain and experience good vision almost immediately.
To ensure that your eye recovers properly following the surgery, there are a few things to consider. Here are our top five tips to minimise cataract surgery recovery time.
1. Do Not Rub, Touch or Aggravate the Eye
Avoid rubbing the eye, touching the eye or aggravating the eye. Following the surgery, you might feel grittiness in the eye or even a feeling like there is a grain of sand in the eye. This can result from the very small incisions that have been made. Avoid touching the eye because that sensation will eventually stop and do not use soap near or in the eye. It is advisable to wear sunglasses and a hat to protect the eye from the sun and any foreign substances entering the eye.
2. Avoid Strenuous Activities and Tasks
The eye needs to rest and not be under pressure. This involves not swimming for two weeks, not engaging in any heavy lifting for two weeks and not undertaking any strenuous exercise for 1 month. Also, limit the number of times you bend over to minimise any strain on the eye. If possible, avoid sneezing or vomiting right after cataract surgery.
3. Follow Instructions from Your Eye Surgeon
Your surgeon understands eyes best and will have understood your circumstances well throughout the surgery process. It is recommended that you follow your surgeon’s instructions with regard to any post-surgery eye care, medication, eye drops, use of the shield and any other important factors. If you are unsure about what to do, feel free to contact the clinic to speak to the surgeon about any of your concerns.
4. Attend Any Post-Surgery Checks
Usually, you do not need to attend the clinic the day after your cataract surgery. However, if we feel that you need to attend a post-operative review, for various reasons, we will ensure that we see you a day or two after your surgery to ensure that the recovery of your eye is not delayed. We will generally check on your eye at the clinic about 1 week after your surgery.
5. Relax and Stay Healthy
Cataract surgery can be daunting and stressful. Following the surgery, you should not feel significant pain. However, your vision might be blurred temporarily, and things might feel a little different. It is essential during this time that you try to relax so that your eye recovers safely. If you have any concerns, please contact our friendly surgeons and staff.
We pride ourselves on quality cataract surgery that achieves the best possible outcome for the patient. At MCES, we use proven methods, together with cutting edge equipment to provide a seamless operation. If you wish to have cataract surgery, please contact our team on 03 9455 1714.
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