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Eye Surgery – Cataracts

Cataracts

Cataracts

Cataracts

I was reading an article this past week about the 5 questions you should be asking before having Cataract surgery. I clipped sections below that I felt were especially important.

1) Do I really need surgery? This is especially true for the most common type of eye surgery, cataract surgery. The cataract should come out when you (the patient) feel you are having problems, not because your doctor wants to do surgery.

First, your doctor should do a “glare” test – with a bright light – before determining the need for surgery.

2) Do you keep surgical statistics and if so, what are they? Eye surgery is the safest surgery there is. Your surgeon should be able to tell you how many cases he has performed, what percent of those have had a complication (it should be less than 2%), and what percent required a different lens due to complications (it should be less than 1%).

3) Do you use the support of an anesthesiology team during the surgery? If your doctor says no, I’d go elsewhere. The last thing you want is a problem with your medication, heart, or breathing while your surgeon is working inside your eyeball.

4) Do you use antibiotics before and after surgery? Make sure your doctor uses antibiotics before and after surgery. A regimen of three days before surgery and a week or two afterward is the minimum. The worst infection you can get is one in the eye after cataract surgery – it’s a blinding infection. But it’s almost impossible to get if you take antibiotics.

5) How do you numb my eye? The answer might be “topical” or a “nerve block.” Topical means simply using eye drops on top and a little anesthetic inside. The nerve block requires a needle to inject anesthetic around the eye.

If your surgeon is up-to-date on his technique and skills, he has no reason to be sticking needles around your eye for surgery.

It’s your eyes, make sure you have asked the right questions.

Dan

Top three exercises that just about anyone can do…

Exercises for Your Health

1.Walking – Walking is great exercise. It’s easier on your joints but still provides many of the same benefits as jogging or running. Walking directly lowers your blood sugar by bypassing insulin, researchers found that brisk walking for 30 minutes a week cuts your risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 30%.
To get the most benefit, follow the 20-20 rule – wait for 20 minutes after eating and then walk for 20 minutes. You’ll be surprised by how energized you feel.

2. High-intensity interval training (HIIT) – HIIT is a workout strategy where you mix short, intense bursts of effort with longer recovery periods. It’s intense, but it’s considered safe for anyone, even older folks and people just getting started with regular exercise.
HIIT is more efficient than regular aerobic exercise. It improves your body’s ability to burn fat and calories. A 12- to 15-minute HIIT workout is equivalent to an hour of steady aerobic exercise.

The key is to start with easier exercises and work your way up. And don’t overdo it

3. Yoga – Yoga reduces stress, and Yoga strengthens the brain. Studies have shown that yoga reduces blood pressure and heart rate equal to the decreases caused by aerobic exercise
Studies have shown that yoga reduces blood pressure and heart rate equal to the decreases caused by aerobic exercise.

If you are over 50; many gyms and yoga studios offer senior-focused practices as well. Instructors design these programs for folks over the age of 50 who may have trouble holding poses for too long or have joint or back problems.

The point here is to not overdo it, exercise can be fun, relieve stress and improve your daily life.

Check in your local area for a “Personal Trainer” if you find that you need motivation or additional activities to improve your overall health. You can find them at your local gyms or do a search on the internet.