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3 Tips to Make Sure Your Cataract Surgery Goes Well

If you have a thin film or cloud over your eyes called a cataract, the only option to get rid of the resulting blurry vision and blindness is through a cataract surgery. The cloudy, yellowed and hardened lens is removed from your eyes small opening made surgically. A new artificial lens is inserted in its place and that helps with near as well as far sightedness.

Previously, the technology only allowed objects at a distance to be viewed and you had to use bifocal reading glasses if they were to read a book or magazine. This is no longer the case as you now have an option to get a basic lens or one that uses advanced technology such as an intraocular lens (IOL).

It’s best to discuss with your doctor, which kind of lens will be best for your needs and your lifestyle.

Here are some tips that may prove useful for you when you opt for a cataract surgery.

1. Get the Right Lens

There are different lenses that you can get for the surgery so make sure you have a discussion with your medical practitioner about the implant you’re going to get in the surgery. IOLs are a-suitable-options but there are different IOLs. Some are made of flexible silicone, some are acrylic and some are rigid plastic.

If your doctor allows it, go for a flexible IOL as it can fit easily through a smaller surgical incision made at the start of the surgery. Plus there is no need for stitches to close the opening. This means you recover fairly quickly in comparison to other, more rigid kinds of lenses being used.

Rigid plastics may also increase risks after surgery as well as the recovery time. You can ask your doctor about the UV radiation blocking capabilities of the lenses, or opt to use ones that function like bifocal for treatment of near and farsightedness.

You may even choose to consult professionals from to get their opinion on what lens will work best for you.

2. Stay Away from medicines that Induce Bleeding

Some OTC and prescription medications can cause increased bleeding during the cataract surgery which is detrimental to its success. These medications include anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen. Pain killers such as diclofenac and paracetamol may also be advised against by your doctor at least two days before the surgery. Listen to their advice.

This is because blood thinning medications will directly interfere with and complicate the cataract procedure. Alpha blockers for prostate issues will also interfere with the surgery as they will stop your pupils from dilating properly when needed during the procedure. Also, some herbal medications are advised against. Avoid Asian Ginseng, garlic pills and ginger before your surgery.

3. Fasting Before the Surgery

Eating and drinking for 12 hours before any surgery is not recommended as there is a threat of nausea and vomiting that may occur as a result. That’s worrisome, because it presents a choking hazard when you vomit while on your back. You may be allowed some water but generally avoid eating or drinking 12 hours before the surgery.

Avoid alcohol as it thins the blood, schedule the surgery for early morning, and don’t eat fatty, fried or spicy food, to prevent complications during and after your cataract surgery.