If you have
cataracts, these tips and vision aids may help you
manage your vision problems and avoid or delay surgery:
- Tips for improving vision include repositioning lights
and keeping your eyeglass or contact lens prescription up to
- Low-vision accommodations in your home, such as using
adequate lighting and adjusting carpets and furniture to avoid potential
hazards, can make living with low vision easier and safer. For more
information, see the topic
Preventing Falls in Older Adults.
- Low-vision aids and adaptive technologies such as
video enlargement systems or speech software for computer systems can help
people who have impaired vision make the best use of their remaining vision.
Evidence shows that making certain lifestyle changes
such as not smoking and protecting your eyes from sunlight may help slow the
development of cataracts.
After cataract surgery
Your doctor will give you
instructions about what to do after cataract surgery.
Eye care for adults after cataract surgery includes using prescribed
eyedrops, protecting your eye, and watching for signs of infection.
Contact your doctor promptly if you notice any signs of complications,
- Decreasing vision.
- Increasing redness.
- Swelling around the
- Any discharge from the eye.
- Any new
flashes of light, or changes in your field of
It is normal to have blurred vision and some swelling
after surgery. It takes time for the swelling to go down. Your eyeglass
prescription may change after surgery.
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Carol L. Karp, MD - Ophthalmology
August 24, 2011
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