Never Ignore Your Doctor's Advice About Your Blood Pressure

I have always been in pretty good health, so I was surprised one day when my doctor told me my blood pressure was a bit high. She told me to begin watching my salt intake, start exercising, and to try to relax. Well, I intended to follow her advice when I left her office, but the next day I was back to my same habits. I kept using the salt shaker and didn't begin an exercise routine like I had planned. When I went for my next check-up, she told me that my blood pressure was even higher and approaching a dangerous level. I had to begin a blood pressure medication to manage it. I wanted to create a blog to share my story and remind people to listen to their doctors' advice. If a few lifestyle changes can improve your health, then you should make them.

What To Expect Before, During, And After Cataract Surgery

Health & Medical Blog

If you have cataracts, then your vision may be cloudy, dim, and blurred. Your eye doctor can increase the power of your prescription glasses to enhance your vision,  however, this may not be a suitable permanent solution. Conversely, removing the cataract and replacing the clouded lens with a clear implant will greatly improve your vision. Cataract surgery is considered a permanent long-term treatment option for those with cataracts. Here are some things you can expect at the surgery center before, during, and after your cataract procedure.

Before And During Cataract Removal Surgery

Before your cataract-removal surgery, your vital signs will be checked and your eye surgeon may take some measures of your eye. They may also instill eyedrops into the affected eye and administer an injectable local anesthetic.

You will not be given general anesthesia for your cataract surgery which means that you will be awake and alert during your procedure. The surgery center physician or nurse may also give you an antianxiety medication if you are anxious prior to your procedure.

During your surgery, your eye doctor will remove the cataract and replace it with a plastic artificial lens implant. You may or may not need a couple of stitches to close the cornea, however, if you do get stitches, your doctor will remove them in the following weeks. The entire procedure should take less than an hour, and because no general anesthesia has been used, you will not be groggy or disoriented afterward. You may, however, still be calm and mildly sleepy until the antianxiety medication wears off.

After Your Cataract Removal Surgery

Following your procedure, a member of the surgery center medical team will tape a plastic or aluminum shield over the affected eye to protect it from injury or debris. You will be discharged home the same day as your surgery after resting for a while and if your vital signs are stable.

You will need to have someone pick you up from the surgery center and take you home because you will be unable to drive yourself. Once home, you will need to avoid strenuous exercises so that your eye pressure does not rise. Your doctor will tell you when you can resume your normal activities at your first post-operative visit.

If you have vision problems, see your eye doctor for a checkup. If the natural lenses of your eyes are cloudy or opaque-looking, then you probably have cataracts. Once they have been removed and replaced with clear intraocular implants, you will enjoy crisp, clear vision. 


5 April 2023