Cataract Surgery Recovery with our Redding Optometrist
Many people who have cataracts are able to effectively treat the disease with surgery. Suffering from cataracts is very common. In fact, the majority of people over the age of 50 will develop some form of cataracts. If it is severe enough, our Redding optometrist advises patients to take advantage of cataract surgery.
What Is Cataract Surgery?
Cataract surgery removes the cloudy lens in your eye and replaces it with an artificial lens. In doing so, your sight will become clear again. Most times, this type of surgery is performed on an outpatient basis, meaning there is no need for you to stay overnight. In fact, within an hour or two of the surgery being completed, you can return home.
How Long Does It Take to Recover From Cataract Surgery?
The surgery usually only takes about 15 minutes. Due to surgery preparation and post-op evaluations, though, you will likely be at the surgery center for about an hour and a half. You will need someone to drive you home and it will take a few weeks for you to fully recover. While sleeping or napping, you will be required to wear protective eye gear. You will also need to wear special post-op sunglasses when you are out in the sun. Our optometrist will work with you and your surgeon to discuss proper post-op care.
Tips for Improving Cataract Surgery Recovery
To improve recovery from your cataract surgery, make sure you always wear your protective eye gear while sleeping and your special sunglasses when out in the sun as instructed by your doctor. Also, make sure you avoid strenuous activity for the first seven days after surgery. You will also want to avoid taking part in activities that expose your eyes to dust for at least a couple weeks after surgery. Our optometrist here at Redding Eyecare Center can help you through the post-op recovery steps.
Make an Appointment to Screen For Cataracts with our Shasta County Optometrist
An important part of managing any eye disease is early detection. Schedule your comprehensive eye exam with Redding Eyecare Center so our Redding optometrist, Dr. Michael R. Young, can screen for cataracts and other eye diseases. For more information on cataract surgery recovery, call us today at (530) 222-1233. We proudly serve Redding, Tehema, Trinity, and both Shasta, and Siskiyou counties.