2 Good Ways To Reduce Infection Concerns After Cataract Surgery

Posted on: 18 February 2015


If your eye doctor has informed you that you have cataracts forming within your eyes, then you may need to schedule a cataract surgery with your ophthalmologist at some point. Normally, it is wise to arrange for the operation before protein deposits completely cover the eye lenses. Your eye doctor will place a small incision within your eye when the operation is performed, and this means that eye tissues will be damaged a small amount. In rare cases, the incision site can become infected and inflamed. You can avoid these concerns by following the tips below.

Stay Away From Hot Tubs and Pools

Your eyes will likely heal quite quickly after cataract surgery, and you will be able to see fairly well within a day or two. Images will appear sharp within a few weeks and discomfort will subside within this time period as well. Although you may feel and see well, the incision within your eye still needs to heal properly. This means you should stay away from spaces that may allow bacteria to get into your eye. Swimming pools and hot tubs are two of these areas.

Bacteria and Swimming Areas

Hot tubs are especially hazardous to your health after cataract surgery, because the elevated water temperatures make it difficult for chemicals to kill bacteria. Also, many people often enter the small space within the hot tub, and each individual is likely to release residual fecal matter into the water. On average, a single person has about one-tenth of a gram of feces on their behind. Fecal matter is laced with bacteria and the microorganisms can enter your eye if water is splashed.

Swimming pools are often cleaner than hot tubs, but they still may contain fecal matter, sweat, skin cells, and urine. All of these materials can act as food for bacteria. It is wise to stay out of swimming pools and hot tubs until your eyes completely heal. If you do decide to swim for some reason, then make sure to wear goggles that completely cover your eyes. Find goggles made out of silicone that easily suction to your eye sockets and reduce leak concerns. Also, products with bungee straps that tighten and lock in place are a good choice.  

Try Not to Vomit

The discomfort caused by your cataract surgery and the anesthesia provided to you can both make you feel nauseous following your operation. Nausea can unfortunately lead to vomiting. Vomiting can temporarily increase intraocular pressure, and this pressure will already be elevated after your cataract surgery due to inflammation. The pressure can open up the incision site across your eye and allow bacteria to enter. It can also reduce blood flow and decrease the amount of oxygen your eye receives. This can cause healing and infection concerns.

Reducing Nausea

If you feel nauseous after your cataract surgery, then eat gingersnaps or drink ginger ale or ginger tea. Ginger contains chemicals called terpenes that can reduce gas and intestinal inflammation to reduce nausea. Ginger can also relieve headaches, heartburn, and bloating problems to keep you from feeling ill. Bananas can help with nausea as well, because they can force the stomach to produce mucus. This mucus creates a barrier between the stomach lining and the acidic fluids that break down food. This helps to make the stomach feel less acidic so discomfort can pass.

Lying down with your eyes closed is a good way to reduce nausea as well.  Your ophthalmologist will likely ask you to wear an eye covering after your surgery. When you wear the covering, your depth perception is compromised and this can make you feel disorientated. Disorientation can also occur when sight is wavy or unclear after the covering is removed.

If you have a cataract surgery scheduled at some point, then you should do everything in your power to reduce infection concerns. Staying away from swimming spaces and keeping yourself from vomiting are two good ways to make sure that your eyes can heal properly.

For more information, talk to your eye doctor or visit http://www.drgrantmdretinalspecialist.com.