Advanced technology intraocular lenses (advanced technology IOLs) can deliver life-changing results. Unlike traditional monofocal lenses, which only correct vision for a specific distance, advanced technology IOLs can reduce or altogether eliminate the need for glasses at various distances.
Surgery for advanced technology IOLs is quick, painless, and safe. As with any procedure, prioritizing post-op care can also have a positive impact on healing. Here’s an overview of how aftercare can promote the best outcomes for advanced technology IOLs.
What Happens as Advanced Technology IOLs Heal?
During your cataract surgery, the surgeon will make a small incision and to remove the clouded lens and replace it with the new artificial lens. Next, they’ll place a protective shield over the eye to keep the eye safe throughout the healing process. Follow our instructions for wearing the shield, including nighttime wear (if advised), and avoid rubbing or touching your eye as you take it on and off.
Throughout the first 24 hours after the procedure, the incision begins to seal. The deeper layers of tissue beneath the eye’s surface will take longer to heal, however, which is why it’s important to keep up with aftercare. If you’ve been prescribed antibiotic and anti-inflammatory drops to prevent infections and minimize swelling, continue to apply them as directed.
How to Care for Your Eyes after Surgery for Advanced Technology IOLs
We’ll provide you with a full list of detailed aftercare instructions following your procedure, but here are some basics to keep in mind.
- Limit activity. While most people can resume light activity like walking the day after cataract surgery, more strenuous activities should be avoided for at least a week.
- Avoid water. You’ll be able to shower the next day, but avoid getting water directly in your eye as it heals. Keeping your eye clear of any outside agents reduces your risk of infection. If you’re a swimmer, plan to wait at least two weeks before getting back in the water.
- Keep your head up. Don’t bend over for the first 48 hours after surgery, as this could increase the pressure in your eyes and affect healing. If you have to sneeze or cough, try to do so gently.
- Avoid eye treatments. If you usually use eye creams, scrubs, or warm compresses, hold off on using them until a week post-surgery. These agents could introduce bacteria or put pressure on the eye.
- Wait for your vision to stabilize. It may take up to a few weeks or longer for your vision to be fully corrected after receiving advanced technology IOLs. Don’t panic if your vision is blurry at first — this is a side effect caused by normal swelling. You can resume normal activities like reading, watching TV, and doing computer work within several hours, but keep in mind that your brain and eyes may take some time to adjust to the new lenses. Ask your doctor when it’s safe for you to resume driving.
If you think advanced technology IOLs could be right for you, get in touch with Eye Consultants of Atlanta. Our award-winning vision specialists will get to know your vision history and can walk you through lens options to help you decide on the best solution for restoring your vision. Schedule a visit by completing a request form online or by calling 404-351-2220.