Eye On The Target: How Optometrists Help Your Eye Health
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Eye On The Target: How Optometrists Help Your Eye Health

Welcome. My name is Ariana and I work as a medical assistant at an army base. My main job is to make sure that there are no hidden health risks for our seemingly fit army personnel. One of the biggest issues I uncover is eyesight problems. I have discovered that a lot of people think that there is no need to visit an optometrist unless their eyes are sore or vision is blurry. This myth can be found in the army too. In the course of my work, I have learnt that many eye problems have no symptoms for a long time. I am always encouraging family and friends to go for annual eye checks. I have become so passionate about this issue that I started this blog to explain how optometrists can help you keep the best vision possible. Please scan through my entries. Enjoy.


Eye On The Target: How Optometrists Help Your Eye Health

Reclaiming Vision | 3 Golden Efforts To Ensure A Speedy Recovery From Your Cataract Operation

Akseli Takala

The lens around your eyeballs is typically clear, but when a cataract forms, it starts to get murky, which ultimately hurts your vision. When this happens, you will need to undergo a cataract operation to remove the cloudy lens and replace it with a clear, artificial one. While the procedure is safe and quick, recovery can be a problem for some people who take it for granted. This commentary aims to help you ensure a speedy recovery from your cataract operation.

Avoid Straining Your Eyes For A Few Days Following The Operation

You'll ideally want to rest your eyes as much as possible to allow them to heal after the cataract operation, so avoid straining them on eyesight-centric activities like driving, watching television and reading. Try to avoid things like bending down and sneezing because they can pressurise your eye and delay your recovery. While boredom may creep in because you don't have much to do, a few days of rest will go a long way in ensuring that you recover quicker from your cataract operation, so that you can resume your normal life soon.

Avoid Contact With Water For The First Few Days

To give your eye the best possible chance of recovery, you should ideally stay away from any water contact for the first few days following the operation. Similarly, avoid activities like washing your hair and swimming where your eyes can come into direct contact with water for the first few days. Water is a foreign object that can irritate the newly operated lens, which will delay your recovery significantly. Instead, simply wash your face with your eyes closed, or wash your hair with your head facing upwards and your neck bent backwards to prevent water from going into your eyes.

Stay Indoors For As Long As Possible

Pollutants like dirt, dust and pollen fibres present in the air can irritate your newly operated eyeballs, so avoid going out and stay indoors for as long as possible. If you have to go to work, you may use a pair of thick sunglasses or regular glasses to prevent dust from hitting your eyes while you walk or take public transport. Sunglasses are typically more ideal because they also prevent the glare of the sun from hitting your eyes when you're outdoors. Alternatively, taking a few days off from work is always recommended to avoid hurting your eyes in the immediate aftermath of the operation.

Follow these tips in your quest to recover speedily from your cataract surgery.