What Tips and Precautions to Follow After Cataract Surgery for Safe Recovery?
If you undergo surgery at Pristyn Care to get your cataract removed, our eye specialist as well the ophthalmology team will help you with all post-surgery tips and precautions for quick and safe recovery. Following is some tips that can help you in your recovery process:
- Protect your eye from all injuries as far as possible. Do not rub your eyes, do not put any pressure either.
- Clean your eye discharge with clean cotton dipped in lukewarm water. Squeeze the cotton properly before cleaning and be very gentle while cleaning.
- Your doctor is likely to recommend eye drops. Do not put any over-the-counter eye drops in your eyes.
- Wear protective eye gear for at least a week after the surgery, both indoors and outdoors.
- While sleeping, use a protective eye shield over the surgical site. Do not sleep on the side of the operated eye.
- Do not wash your hair for at least 5 days after cataract surgery.
- Avoid strenuous activities, and refrain from lifting heavy objects for at least 2 weeks after the surgery.
- Do not strain your eyes. If you don’t feel comfortable and relaxed while doing any activity, reading books, or watching TV, wait for a few more days. Your eyes should recover soon.
- If you experience an unusual burnings sensation or incessant eye discharge, contact your eye surgeon in Vadodara or go for a follow-up visit without any delay.
Get Advanced Cataract Treatment at Pristyn Care in Vadodara
If you are seeking a cost-effective and reliable healthcare provider who can make your cataract treatment journey comfortable, Pristyn Care is the best place. Pristyn Care is a new multi-specialty healthcare provider dedicated to simplifying the surgical experience for all patients. Pristyn Care houses some of the best ophthalmologists and the associated clinics and hospitals are equipped with modern infrastructure and high-end technologies that provide scope for the best possible treatment for cataract removal.
At Pristyn Care in Vadodara, you can get the best and safest surgical treatment for cataract removal, irrespective of age and gender. Our ophthalmologists are highly trained to perform the latest MICS (microincision cataract surgery) & FLACS (femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery) to cure cataract patients with no risks and complications while delivering a high success rate. The cataract removal surgery can be performed in less than 30 minutes and helps the patient to regain clear vision within 24 to 48 hours. Moreover, as the procedure is done on an outpatient basis, you can go home on the same day and recover completely within 4-6 weeks.
To learn more about cataract treatment services and facilities, give us a call and talk to our medical coordinators.
What are the different types of lens implants after cataract surgery?
There are different types of intraocular lenses (IOLS) and each of them serves a different purpose.
- Toric IOLs – These intraocular lenses can correct astigmatism along with cataracts. The lenses have different powers at different meridians of the eyes and enable the surgeon to adjust the lens orientation for best results.
- Aspheric IOLs- Aspheric lenses are traditional intraocular lenses with an aspherical optical design that mimics the natural eye lens. It closely matches the shape and quality of the eye lens and provides better and sharper vision after curing cataracts.
- Multifocal IOLs- Multifocal intraocular lenses are commonly used for the treatment of presbyopia. It cures cataracts and also helps the patient to achieve a better vision for nearby as well as distant objects. These lenses have different sections to adjust the vision according to the patient’s eye movements.
- Monovision IOLs- This is a type of IOLs that fully corrects the refractive error in one eye and makes the other mildly nearsighted intentionally. With this, one eye can see distant objects, and the other eye will allow the patient to see nearby objects.
Pristyn Care ophthalmologist will help you understand more about the lenses and which would be the best pick for your condition. For any other concerns and confusions, you can always reach out to the ophthalmology team at Pristyn Care.
How to Book an Appointment with Pristyn Care Eye Specialists in Vadodara for Cataract Treatment
To book an appointment with Pristyn Care – one of the best eye clinics in Vadodara, you can use any of the following ways:
- Call us on the number given at the top and talk to our medical coordinator to discuss the date, time, and mode of appointment for the consultation.
- Fill the “Book Appointment” form and submit your details. Our representative will get back to you shortly to schedule the appointment with the doctor at your convenience.
- Download the Pristyn Care Patient app and browse the list of cataract doctors in Vadodara. You can choose any of our eye care specialists and confirm an appointment to him/ her.
- You can also opt for online consultation to discuss your problem and treatment options over a phone call. Or you can visit the nearest clinic for a face-to-face consultation.
What are the different types of Cataract Surgery?
All types of cataract surgery involve the replacement of the natural lens with an artificial implant, which is known as an intraocular lens (IOL). In Vadodara and every other city across India, the following techniques are available to perform cataract operations:
- Phacoemulsification Cataract Surgery It is one of the most common techniques used for cataract treatment. During phacoemulsification, the surgeon makes an incision around 2 to 3 mm with the help of an ultrasonic probe. The probe breaks up the cataract using vibration and removes the fragments with a suction device. Then a foldable lens is inserted into the eye through the incision.
- Manual Extracapsular Cataract Surgery (MECS) MECS is a technique that involves making a large incision, around 9 to 13mm long to remove the clouded eye lens and replace it with the IOL.
- Manual Small Incision Cataract Surgery (MSICS) It is a variation of MECS in which a smaller V-shaped incision is made in the eye. The incision becomes wider as it reaches the lens. While the outer incision is around 6.5 mm, the inner incision is around 11 mm.
- Micro Incision Cataract Surgery (MICS) As the name suggests, micro-incision cataract surgery is done through a 1.8 mm incision which is even smaller than small incision cataract surgery (MSICS). The rest of the procedure stays the same. The clouded lens is removed and replaced with an artificial lens.
- Femtosecond Laser-assisted Cataract Surgery (FLACS) It is the latest technique to perform cataract surgery. A femtosecond laser is used to make the incision and the laser further divides and softens the cataract. Due to this, a minimal amount of phacoemulsification energy is required to remove the clouded lens.
- Intracapsular Cataract Surgery This type of cataract surgery involves the removal of the entire lens and the lens capsule from the eye. It requires a big incision and has many risks and complications. Therefore, it is rarely performed nowadays.
Out of all these types of cataract surgery, each has its own set of advantages and disadvantages. Not to mention that each technique has some side effects and chances of complications. Therefore, when you consult a cataract doctor, he/she diagnoses the condition thoroughly and then suggests the appropriate technique which is safe for the patient.
How to choose the best cataract lens for you?
The best thing about cataract surgery is that once the lens is replaced, the results are permanent. And there are different types of lenses for cataract surgery, each of which has unique benefits. These lenses are widely known as intraocular lenses and are classified into the following types:
- Standard Lens (Monofocal) This type of lens addresses the vision problems at a specific distance, i.e., either nearby vision or distant vision. You can choose between the two depending on the activities you perform on a regular basis. Monofocal lenses are usually spherical, i.e., the surface is uniformly curved, allowing the patient to see clearly at one distance only.
- Multifocal IOLs These lenses can help the patient to see distant and nearby objects clearly at the same time. These are considered premium lenses because they have both multifocal and accommodative properties that allow the patient to see at different ranges at the same time. Multifocal lenses are aspherical, therefore, they can correct presbyopia and astigmatism at the same time.
- Toric Lens (IOLs) This type of lens is specially made to correct astigmatism in cataract patients. There is a special type of toric lens as well that provides extended depth-of-focus. These lenses are slightly more expensive than other types as well.
- Monovision Lens People often confuse monovision lenses with monofocal lenses. There is a significant difference between these two. While a monofocal lens provides clear vision at a distance only, a monovision lens is implanted in both eyes to correct vision problems. An intraocular lens is implanted in one eye that provides nearby vision and another lens is implanted in the other eye that provides distance vision.
The doctor does an accurate diagnosis to determine the appropriate power of the IOL and provide desired results to the patient in terms of refractive outcomes after the surgery. You will have a detailed discussion with the doctor about these types of lenses for cataract surgery before proceeding with the treatment. The specialist will also provide you information about the best cataract lens brands in India, such as Bausch & Lomb, Freshlook, Acuvue, Alcon, Johnson & Johnson, Zeiss, etc. to make the decision.
Precautions After Cataract Surgery
Many people don’t realize this, but post-surgery care after cataract surgery plays a major role in determining how long you will need to recover. While you are being discharged from the hospital, the doctor will provide you with a guide that consists of all the dos and don’ts after cataract surgery.
Don’ts After Cataract Surgery
- Do not rub your eyes with your hands as it can dislodge the corneal flap and stitches.
- Don’t take a shower bath or swim for the first 10 days after surgery.
- Avoid washing your eyes until the doctor gives you permission to do so.
- Avoid using shampoos or cosmetic products too as they may contain chemicals that can irritate the eyes.
- Do not indulge in activities that may damage your eyes, including contact sports or activities like swimming.
- Avoid lifting heavy weights as it may put a strain on your eyes.
- Also avoid coughing, sneezing, or straining during bowel movements as it may increase the pressure on the eyes.
Dos After Cataract Surgery
- You can watch TV or other digital screens after the 3rd day of cataract surgery.
- Do remember to use the eye drops prescribed by the doctor as directed.
- Wear a protective eye cap throughout the day and at night to prevent dust or dirt from entering your eyes.
- Keep the protective cap on while you are asleep to ensure that you don’t rub or poke the eye during sleep.
- Clean your eyes with clean and warm water with the help of cotton.
- Contact your doctor if any of the problematic symptoms, like itchiness, fluid discharge, etc. persists longer.