Cataract Post Operation Care with An Optometrist Is Essential to a Good Recovery
Dr. Christensen is a highly qualified optometrist who provides excellent professional services to all of our patients at Christensen Eye Care, located in Dodge City, KS. After consultation and diagnosis, we will be able to give you expert care through any process and recovery.
A Brief Description of Cataracts and Surgery
Cataracts are a clouding of part of the lens of the eye. Depending on the source, like diabetes or aging, cataracts could be located in the back, center, or edges of the lens. We perform surgery to remove the cloudy lens and replace it with a plastic, clear artificial lens. Although cataract surgery is a common outpatient procedure, particular care must be taken during recovery.
Typical Cataract Post Operation Concerns
Once the patient is conscious, alert, and demonstrates stable vital signs with no residual effects from the anesthesia, we give him or her verbal and written instructions for post-operative care and follow-up appointments. The patient must plan for transportation home before being released.
Just like the type of cataract a patient experiences differs from another patient's experience, so too might the steps of recovery. Depending upon the risk of the surgery, we like to see patients twenty-four to forty-eight hours after being released.
During recovery, we prefer that the patient adheres to limited restrictions as well as medical instructions, such as eye drops at the appropriate time. Common limitations may include no swimming, heavy lifting, bending forward, eye makeup or any other physical strain that may put excess pressure on the eyes.
Our post-operative care is designed for our patients with their individual needs in mind. They may or may not need a patch to cover the eye or additional medications.
We will be happy to schedule an appointment for you or to see you in an emergency situation in Dodge City, KS.