In case you suffer from cataracts, the only effective treatment is surgery. As we detailed in our previous blog entry, cataract is a dangerous eye condition which can lead to blindness. Because Qdays Medical Holidays wants to keep its patients fully informed about their treatment abroad, we have decided to offer some useful advice on before, during and after the cataract surgery abroad. This second entry on cataract surgery covers issues related to the actual surgery, but if you’ve missed out on our previous blog entry, you can read it here: Cataract Surgery Abroad.
1. In case you are taking medicine for: hypertension, diabetes, heart disease or other conditions you might have, this must not be interrupted prior to surgery. In contrast, treatment with anticoagulants (Trombostop, etc.) will be discontinued 2 days prior to surgery.
2. You will be asked to have blood tests and an Electro-Cardiogram (EKG). These may be done in Romania with 24 hour results at an average cost of EUR 50.
3. Make sure to tell your anaesthetist of any allergies or other illnesses, together with the daily medication you are taking (if any).
4. The cataract operation takes about 15 to 20 minutes.
5. During the morning of the surgery-day, you may have breakfast and you may even smoke if you are a smoker.
6. Hospitalization is only required for patients with movement difficulties or other diseases who need monitoring in the medical center.
DURING THE SURGERY ADVICE:
1. To ensure smooth surgery, you must lay down, relaxed, holding your head still in a comfortable position.
2. You may communicate verbally with your doctor and nurses if any discomfort occurs, but do not make sudden movements.
3. During the operation you will feel a jet of water (saline) that will trickle in the eyearea.
1. After surgery, you will have a sterile dressing on the operated eye, which you must not remove for 24 hours (the first check-up will take place after 24 hours).
2. Try not to sleep on the side of the operated eye for a few days.
3. Upon leaving the clinic, you must use warm water and mild movements without eye rubbing to ensure you clean the surgery area. You must swipe the eye with a clean towel using short swipes.
4. You will have to follow the prescribed treatment at home for a period of 4 weeks, using the received prescription together with the eye-drops (supplied at clinic).
5. You will be required to report to the doctor if any new symptoms occur during this period.
6. You will be asked to avoid strenuous effort, prolonged exposure to cold or draft wind, as well as touching the eye with dirty hands or objects.
7. Thanks to the advanced technology applied during your surgery, you will be able to watch TV, read and carry out daily house chores as soon as you arrive home.
8. The success of this surgery depends very much on your personal care.
As always, if you have any other questions or suggestions, feel free to contact us using the “Get a Free Quote” Form.
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