I have to wear contact lenses or I can't see a thing. I spent a lot of time making sure the contact lenses were hard to detect, but recently I've started getting some tinted contact lenses. It's actually really cool that I can make subtle shifts in my eye colour. It's funny when I see that people can tell there is something a bit funny or different with my appearance and they can't always tell what has changed. My optometrist is great about showing me new products and ideas that come out that might suit my prescription because he knows I'm always up for new things.
If you are having cataract surgery, you need to carve out some time for your recovery. In most cases, it takes about eight weeks for a full recovery. Here are some tips to help you prepare for that time.
1. Set up a Ride Home
Obviously, you can't drive immediately after a cataract surgery. In most cases, you can see after the surgery, but it's normal for things to be a little blurry. To ensure you can get home safely after your procedure, you should arrange a ride home.
2. Clear Schedule for a Few Days
Your surgeon will tell you exactly when you can drive after your procedure, but to be on the safe side, you may want to clear your schedule for a few days after the procedure. Then, you don't have to worry about driving or even getting out of the house.
3. Stock Up on Supplies
To make it easier to stay at home during your recovery, stock up on a few supplies. You may want to buy a few frozen meals so that you don't have to cook. You may also want to have some films on hand or possibly some books. Just be careful not to strain your eyes.
4. Avoid Makeup
To protect your eyes from possible damage, you may want to stay away from cosmetics such as eyeshadow and mascara for a few days after the procedure. Also avoid eye creams or anything else that could get into your eye and cause irritation.
5. Don't Rub Your Eyes
Even without irritants, your eyes may feel itchy after the procedure. Avoid rubbing or scratching them. That can slow down your recovery or lead to other issues. If paid or irritation persists, see your doctor.
6. Don't Do Strenuous Activity
Strenuous activity such as mowing the lawn, lifting heavy boxes or similar activities can build up pressure in your eyes, and you don't want a lot of blood rushing to your eyes while they are healing. Avoid those activities until you get an all clear from your surgeon.
7. Go to Follow Up Appointments
After a cataract surgery, your doctor will want to monitor your recovery closely. Follow your doctor's orders, and also make sure to go to all of your follow up appointments. In most cases, your eye prescription will change after your cataract surgery so remember you need to follow up with your optometrist as well.Share