Approximately 31% of Australians aged over 55 have a cataract issue in their eyes. This statistic means you are far from alone when your optometrist recommends cataract removal surgery. The good news is that it is not an overly painful procedure. But, the bad news is that recovery impacts on your life a little while your eyes adjust. These are three things you need to be aware of after cataract surgery is complete.
Time for a Gym Break
If you are looking for a good excuse to get out of going to the gym, you will shortly have one! However, you only get a week off. It is recommended that you avoid the gym for the first seven days after cataract surgery because when you lift heavy weights, you put your body under pressure. This pressure can travel up your body to your face as you strain your muscles, and that extra pressure is not good for your recovery eyes. If you feel the need to exercise, take a gentle stroll on the treadmill or around the neighbourhood.
However, there is still plenty you can do around the house while you're taking time out from the gym.
Chores You Can Do at Home
Your surgeon will advise you to rest for the first 24 hours after surgery. However, after that, you can resume normal activities around your home. These activities include gardening, cooking and cleaning. However, as with the gym, don't lift heavy objects for the first week after surgery. Also, take care while cooking any material which can splatter, such as hot oil. You don't want that getting into your eyes while they are in the tender healing stage.
If you get bored at home, you may want to get out of the house, but can you drive?
Driving After Surgery
The first two days after surgery are a no driving period, so if you need to go out in this time, get someone else to take you. After that, you are cleared to drive your vehicle. However, it is not recommended that you undertake a trip across Australia at this time. Your eyes will easily tire during the recovery period, so short trips are best under the healing is complete. Put your sunglasses on when you head out in the car too to minimise the harsh glare from the sun reflecting off the road surface.
If you have any concerns about your daily activities during the recovery period, talk to your surgeon.