What to Know After Undergoing Eye Surgery

Eye surgery, also called ocular surgery, is a cosmetic surgery done on the eye itself or some of its associated adnexa, usually by an optometrist. The eye is such a delicate organ, and needs special care prior, during, and immediately after a surgical operation to avoid or minimize further damage to the eye. Complications can be severe and can even result in loss of vision, if proper precautions are not taken. If you think you have lost your sight from eye surgery then you need to contact a professional to discuss the details of your procedure, click here for more insights.

One of the most common vision distortions that can occur after eye surgery is the ‘blurry’ appearance of the field of vision. This is most commonly experienced after LASIK eye surgery, which corrects vision errors caused by folds in the cornea. A flap is created in front of the cornea to flatten it out, making the vision clearer. However, many patients report a glare that affects only part of their field of vision. This may be due to a drooping eyelid, tissue in the eyelid which has become tender or overly sensitive, or the eyelid’s position. Check out this site to learn the difference between LASIK vs SMILE eye surgeries.

Another common vision distortion after eye surgery is the ‘double vision’ effect. It occurs when objects are viewed through both eyes at the same time. This is usually remedied with either contact lenses or glasses, but in some cases either one may be more appropriate. For example, if you suffer from astigmatism then you will also be better suited to wearing glasses as they correct different visual flaws.

Snoring is often an issue following eye surgery. This is usually remedied with a stop snoring device, although this might also be due to the surgery itself. The nasal air passages are opened up after the operation and therefore should clear the airway when you sleep. There are several reasons why the snoring can occur and not just because of the procedure. Some of these include: smoking, alcohol use and sleeping on your side.

Other common post-operative risks include dry eyes, swelling and redness. Dry eyes could be due to the sedation and the amount of fluid the eye surgeon uses. This can be remedied with extra lubrication drops or artificial tears, or even artificial tear ducts which keep the tears in the eye lids. Swelling occurs as a result of the medication used and can be reduced by anti-inflammatory medication or cold packs or hot compresses. Redness is less common and will subside within a few days.

Most of these post-operative risks are normally reversible. They include ones caused by the patient, not remaining alert and moving around after the procedure. If you smoke cigarettes or drink alcohol while you are under sedation, then these can all cause problems. This is why it is very important that you let your doctor know about any of these habits so that they can help prevent them, but most importantly to ensure that you are fully alert after the eye surgery and that you will remain awake when the surgeon checks your eyes.

To understand more about this topic, it is wise to check out this post: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eye_surgery.

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