Before surgery, simply wash your face with soap and water. Bacteria that enters the eye usually comes from the eyelids or eyelashes, so it’s important to keep them (and the surrounding area) as clean as possible.
How do I clean my eyelids before cataract surgery?
Clean the upper and lower eyelids of both eyes twice a day for one week before your surgery. Use cotton buds with a solution of quarter teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) mixed in quarter pint (0.14 litres) of warm water. Gently clean along the roots of your lashes and then down the length of your lashes.
What should you avoid before cataract surgery?
Unless otherwise instructed by Dr. Silk, do not eat or drink past midnight on the day before your appointment. It’s also important to abstain from consuming any alcoholic beverages (like wine, beer, or liquor) for at least 24 hours prior to cataract surgery.
How do they prep you for cataract surgery?
Before the procedure. A week or so before your surgery, your doctor performs a painless ultrasound test to measure the size and shape of your eye. This helps determine the right type of lens implant (intraocular lens, or IOL). Nearly everyone who has cataract surgery will be given IOL s.
Can you brush your teeth before cataract surgery?
You may drink clear water up to 3 hours before you are due to arrive at the Eye Surgery Center. You may brush your teeth in the morning before surgery. You may wear your hearing aid or dentures. Bathe or shower the morning of surgery to minimize the chance of infection.
Why can’t you drink water before cataract surgery?
Before any surgery, you should try to increase your water intake. The human body is made up of up to 60% water! Though you are not put to sleep during cataract surgery, it can still be quite taxing on your body. Water is one of the best things you can put into your body, especially while it’s healing.
How do you clean eyelashes after cataract surgery?
The eyelids and lashes may be gently cleaned using a clean washcloth & warm tap water. This may be done as often as needed. You may watch TV, use the computer or read. Showering is permitted, as well as washing your hair, but try not to get soap into the operated eye.
How many days rest is needed after cataract surgery?
Most people are able to return to work or their normal routine in 1 to 3 days. After your eye heals, you may still need to wear glasses, especially for reading. This care sheet gives you a general idea about how long it will take for you to recover.
How soon can you wash your hair after cataract surgery?
You can wash your hair one day after cataract surgery, but do not let the water run directly into your eyes.
How do you shower after cataract surgery?
You can take a shower or bath 24 hours after your surgery. Do not get water or soap in your eye. Keep your eye closed while you shower. Use a clean washcloth every time and normal tap water to clean secretions from your lashes or the corner of your eye.
Do you have to get undressed for cataract surgery?
You will not be asked to undress prior to your surgery. Please wear clean loose fitting clothing such as a blouse or shirt that can be opened down the front.
Are you sitting or lying down during cataract surgery?
The standard position for patients having cataract surgery is the supine position: the patients lie flat on their backs to face the operating microscope overhead.
Can I shower before cataract surgery?
BEFORE YOU ARRIVE Either the night before or the morning of surgery, you should take a shower with antibacterial soap (such as Dial) and wash your hair with your regular shampoo.
Can you go for a walk after cataract surgery?
We recommend that you avoid any exercise for at least one week after cataract surgery. Any discomfort and tenderness from the surgery will settle within a few days and you can begin with some light to moderate exercise such as walking or stretching.