Cataract surgery is a medical procedure that most people will eventually have to go through at some point in life. It’s relatively safe and highly successful eye surgery. However, issues can arise if you have a coexisting retinal disease or other ocular conditions. Dr Anand Kumar, Eye Specialist in Kharghar discusses the common issues that may be co-existing with cataract.
As cataracts develop they make it harder for us to see because the lens becomes opaque – like a dirty window. Once the cloudy cataract is surgically replaced with a clear new lens, we usually see better instantly.
Fortunately, there are things that we can do to prevent this. Here are five things we can do to prevent complications and sudden vision loss after cataract surgery:
1- Take an anti-oxidant, retinal support vitamin formula and take omega 3’s. A green-drink (spirulina, chlorella, algae) will help as well for healing, protecting and nourishing the retina. Liposomal Vitamin C can help if retinal edema becomes present or can be used for prevention.
2- After surgery, it is better to wear UV protective eyewear ANY TIME YOU ARE OUTSIDE during the day… rain or shine! Your eyes are simply not used to the intense UV rays – we can’t just apply sunblock to our retinas. Therefore, we need to use sunglasses to protect our eyes.
4- Wear a hat when you are outside for additional protection from harmful UV rays – especially on rainy days. Protect yourself with sunglasses and a hat for at least 6 weeks after your cataract surgery.
Remember the top three factors that contribute to accelerated vision loss are 1) oxidative stress, 2) inflammation and 3) impaired blood flow. UV radiation accelerates oxidative stress and therefore vision loss in many cases. Taking anti-oxidants and using protection will minimize UV-oxidative stress on the retina and optic nerve.
Discuss about use of anti oxidants with your Eye specialist in Kharghar before starting them.
Dr. Anand Kumar
Utsav Eye Clinic