Many patients get nervous about cataract surgery before they have their procedure. This is often due to the uncertainty that comes along with a new surgery. The good news is that, with help from a skilled doctor and by properly preparing for aftercare, patients can have a good experience with cataract surgery. Take a look at the following information for some helpful tips for proper aftercare and recovery.

Prepare to Have Someone Drive You Home

Due to the anesthesia, you won't be able to drive yourself home after surgery. Even if you live very close to the medical office, you shouldn't attempt to drive yourself home, as this can be very dangerous to you and other drivers. Limit your stress and plan ahead a few weeks before your surgery so that you can find someone who is free to help you get home. In most cases, you will be asked not to drive for at least one day after surgery, so it's best to plan accordingly. 

Don't Skip Eyedrops or Medication

It's common for eye doctors to prescribe antibiotic eye drops to prevent infection. Your doctor may also prescribe other medications. It's important to follow all dosage instructions throughout the recovery period. Just because you're feeling a lot better, doesn't mean that you can skip out on drops or other medicines. You want to prevent infection or other serious issues. 

Wear Sunglasses to Prevent Sunlight Irritation

You may notice that your eyes are extra sensitive for a few days after surgery. You can lessen the strain of sunlight by wearing sunglasses when you're outdoors. You may also want to avoid bright lights, such as a computer screen glare, for a day or so, until you feel better. If your eyes remain sensitive for a long period of time, it's important to discuss this with your doctor.

Don't Stress About Blurry Vision

If you notice blurred vision or other strange vision issues for a few hours after surgery, don't stress! This is a common issue that people report. Your eyes will need to rest after the surgery and eventually, you will be able to see more clearly. 

Getting better after cataract surgery is easier than you might think. Take the above tips into consideration so that you can be fully prepared before your operation. If you have any questions, or if you'd like to schedule a consultation, contact a local eye doctor today to discuss your needs.