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Cataract Pre and Post Surgical Care
When protein deposits build up on the crystalline lens in your eye, this is called a cataract. You may be surprised with your diagnosis, as many patients develop cataracts long before they notice any symptoms. You might go for months or years before your cataract progresses enough to warrant surgery, but once it begins to affect your quality of life, it's time to do the procedure. At Crystal Vision Center, our optometrist is ready to help you with both pre- and post-surgical care.
When your surgery is scheduled, our optometrist will take measurements to determine the shape and power of lens implant needed. If you wear soft contact lenses, stop wearing them one week before this appointment, as contacts can skew the measurements. Rigid gas permeable lenses have even more of an effect, so switch to eyeglasses two weeks before. Our optometrist will prescribe per-operative eye drops three days before your surgery. Use these drops exactly as directed. We suggest that you wash your hair the morning of your surgery to prevent the need for bending over during the next couple of days.
Once your surgery is over, we suggest you go home to relax for the rest of the day. Watch television or read a book, if it doesn't bother your eyes. You may feel tired and lethargic, but that's perfectly normal, and it should go away soon. Continue with your eye drops as directed to continue your eye care. You'll come in to our office for your first post-operative appointment the next day, just to make sure your eye is healing.
We recommend you take baths instead of showers during your first week after surgery, to reduce the chance of getting soap or water in your eyes. Wear eyeglasses instead of contact lenses, and always wear strong sunglasses outdoors. It's perfectly normal for your eyes to itch during the first week of healing, but it's important that you never rub them. This can interrupt the healing process. Our optometrist will give you another eye exam about a week later, to make sure your eye has healed well. She'll prescribe new eyeglasses for you, if needed, and will also tell you when it's safe to resume wearing contact lenses.
Having cataract surgery can be a frightening prospect, but thousands of our patients have the procedure done with little to no side effects. Our optometrist team is dedicated to giving you the absolute best pre- and post-surgical care.
If it's time for you to start thinking about having cataract surgery done, contact our eye doctor in College Station. Call 979-705-7313 for an appointment today.