After cataract surgery, it is imperative that proper care is administered to prevent complications and to accelerate recovery. Here are some facts that would aid you in your post-cataract surgery recovery!
Food and Nutrition Advice
- Reduce or eliminate all types of refined sugars (particularly white sugar). This includes fruit juices that contain a lot of sugar. Even milk sugar, lactose, found in all dairy products, can contribute to cataract formation, as it destroys gluthathione and Vitamin C in the lens.
- Drink eight glasses of water per day (preferably filtered or purified). Adequate water intake aids in maintaining the flow of nutrients to the lens and to release wastes and toxins from tissues.
- Carrots and other red, yellow, orange, and dark-green leafy vegetables contain beta carotene which helps to protect the immune system.
- Kale (a cup) will give you your daily requirement of vitamin A. This is an antioxidant that helps your body respond to invaders.
- Garlic is a good anti-bacterial, immune-boosting food. Supplements can play a big role in boosting immune function.
- Astragalus root helps boost immunity and enhances production of the important natural compound interferon to fight against viruses.
- Asian ginseng and Siberian ginseng (eleuthero) provide support for the immune system.
Eye Exercises for Cataract Surgery Recovery
- Lens Focusing: One exercise you can do at home involves focusing and refocusing the lens on your eye. Hold any object in your hand and move it slowly towards your face and then back away again. As you move your hand, focus on the object as it moves towards and away from your face. This will force your eye lenses to adjust accordingly to the object’s distance from your face.
- Eye Stretches: Another exercise that you can use to help recover from cataract surgery involves “stretching” the eyes in their sockets. To begin this exercise, focus on a distant object in any room. After focusing for a few seconds on this object, lower your gaze down toward a point on the floor directly in front of you. Next, move your gaze up toward the ceiling, focusing on a different point. From this position, roll your eyes to either side of your face in order to stretch in all fields of your vision. Repeat this exercise as often as comfort will allow multiple times a day.
- Vision Distraction: Distracting your field of vision with an object can also stimulate the lens of your eye to refocus, leading to an effective exercise to use following surgery. For example, you can focus on an object across the room for a short period of time before moving a small object up to your nose, such as a pen or pencil. While moving this object into your field of vision, attempt to remain focused on the object across the room. Your eyes will naturally refocus onto the new object, and then focus once more on the distant object after lowering the distraction.
Other Medical Concerns
- An eye shield should be worn over the operated eye at night while sleeping for one week in order to avoid putting any pressure.
- Sunglasses may be worn when going outdoors where the bright lights may be sensitive to the freshly operated eye.
- Eye drops are prescribed for about a month to prevent infection and reduce inflammation. If you were to go out, make sure you have access to hand hygiene facilities so that you can clean your hands before you instill your eye drops.
- You might require new glasses as your pre-existing spectacles are not right anymore after the cataract operation. This is because the power of your operated eye has changed.
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