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4 Tips For Taking Care Of Yourself After Retinal Detachment Surgery

Having a detached retinal is serious business, that requires surgery to fix and repair. In order to ensure that your eye is okay, you need to make sure that you take your recovery process following your retinal detachment surgery seriously.

Use Your Eye drops

Your doctor is going to give you special eye drops. These special eye drops are designed to help prevent your eye from getting infected. These special eye drops also help keep your pupil the appropriate size as your eye heals. If your doctor provides you with these special eye drops, you need to make sure that you use them as prescribed.

If you don't have experience putting in eye drops, practice with your eye doctor.

1. Keep Your Head Steady

Next, when you are recovering from eye surgery, especially retinal detachment surgery, you may need to help keep your head in a particular position for a few days in order to help with the healing process.

Even after those few days pass, you are going to need to make sure that you don't move your head that much. Many everyday activities, such as lifting things or cleaning, require too much movement of your head.

2. Get Some Help with Your Home

Get some help with your home. You are not going to be able to clean your home, take care of your pets, or engage in childcare while you are healing. Hire someone to help you out with your home or chores, or ask friends to help you with housework, pet care, and childcare during the month following your surgery. Do whatever you can to limit your movement. You don't want to push yourself and strain your eyes or your body.

3. Protect Your Eye

After your surgery, your doctor may ask you to wear a patch or a shield over your eye. It may feel strange, but covering and protecting your eye for a few days will help your eyes heal. Your depth perception will be off, and it will feel strange, but necessary.

4. Get Lots of Rest

The best way to allow your eyes to heal is to get a lot of rest. When you come home for surgery, lay down and rest. Lay down and rest whenever possible. This is when it is okay and advisable to take a nap. The more you rest, the more opportunity your body has to heal. Your eye is going to be red, swollen, and sore for a while. The more opportunities you take to rest, the better.

When you don't want to sleep, but want to relax, get some audiobooks and podcasts to listen to. Audiobooks and podcasts can help keep you entertained without putting additional stress on your eye. A streaming video binge is not the best activity when recovering from eye surgery, but an audiobook or podcast binge is perfect because it allows for entertainment without straining your eyes.

After you have retinal detachment surgery, follow the tips above and make sure that you follow all the instructions that your doctor provides you with to ensure that you heal as effectively as possible. For more information, contact a company like Coastal Eye Group, PC today.