What is a cataract surgery?
Cataract surgery is performed under local anesthesia. The surgeon will remove the turbid eye lens and then replace intraocular lens to improve your eyesight. Please check in with operating room reception counter on your operative schedule day. After operation, you can go home on the same day.
The perioperative nursing care:
  1. Preoperative nursing care
    1. Nursing staff will ask you providing identifiers to confirm your identity, and inquiry your medical record and past allergic history
    2. Nursing staff will confirm your acceptance of the surgery and anesthesia. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask nurse staffs.
    3. Staff nurses will drop topical mydriatic and local anesthetic agents for eye. You might take preoperative oral medication before surgery.
    4. Remove all your accessories, watch, artificial denture, and wipe lipstick or nails polish. Please hand over your belongings to families or leave all in the locker at nursing station before enter into operating room.
    5. If you take asthma inhaler, please do bring with you.
    6. Wear loose-fitting clothing in order to change surgical attires at ease.
  2. Intraoperative nursing care
    1. Nursing staff will help you maintain supine position and use equipment to prevent fall and hurt from positioning. We will keep you warm with blanket or heat lamp.
    2. There will be aseptic sheet on your face only exposed the eye which will be operated and staffs will provide oxygen under aseptic sheet.
    3. Do not have to worry about breathing issue. If you still have any needs or discomfort, you can inform the health are givers anytime.
  3. Postoperative care:
    1. Nursing staff will clean your face and the wound will be covered by eye pads.
    2. Nursing staff will provide nursing care instructions at home such as oral medication and eye drops.

Home care notifications:
  1. Please avoid embracing children, carrying weights, coughing too hard, swimming, strenuously exercise and falling down.
  2. Do not rub your eyes. You may wear sunglasses if the sun is too shining. Please wear an eye patch over the operative eye during sleep.
  3. Prevent water into your eyes when you wash your head or face after surgery one month.
  4. There is normality that you might feel fear of light, tears, mild pain and friction and discomfort briefly after the operation. If you have unusual pain or bleeding, please go to emergency room immediately.
  5. There isn't any contraindicated diet except for hard to chewing or spicy food.
  6. Nursing staff will make an appointment for you. Please go to the clinic by the date of appointment.
  7. Please use eye drops on time correctly and wash your hand before installation of eye drops into the conjunctival sac.
  8. Please do not drive or ride a motorcycle in one month after surgery.

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  2. Gong, D. H., Liu, J. F., Zhao, X., & Zhang, L. (2018). The effect of nursing intervention on preoperative cataract. Medicine (Baltimore), 97(42), e12749. doi:10.1097/MD.0000000000012749
  3. Stern, C. (2018). Cataract surgery in patients with age-related macular degeneration. The American Journal of Nursing, 118(8), 70. doi:10.1097/01.NAJ.0000544175.92219.f0
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