3 Tips To Reduce Inflammation After Cataract Surgery

During cataract surgery, a small incision is made to your eye in order remove the cloudy lens and clean it out or replace it with a new lens. As a result, this small incision leads to inflammation around the eye area after surgery. A few signs may include swelling and redness. While the inflammation should go away a few days after your surgery is complete, it can be uncomfortable to deal with until then. Luckily, there are a few tips you can use in order to reduce the inflammation around your eyes until it completely goes away.

Apply Raw Honey to Your Eyes

Raw honey contains anti-inflammatory and antibacterial bacterial properties that make it great for promoting healing in open wounds. It also contains a small amount of hydrogen peroxide which allows it to keep microbes away and prevent infection. You can apply a small amount of honey onto a cotton swab and use it to coat the inner lower and upper lash line. Each time you blink the natural liquids in your eye will help disperse honey throughout your entire eye.

Use Anti-inflammatory Eye Drops

Anti-inflammatory eye drops are designed to be placed directly over the incision area. The eye drops contain antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that reduce swelling and keep bacteria at bay. If you are experiencing extreme inflammation then eye drops should be used every few hours. Eye drops can sometimes blur your vision as the drops mix with the natural liquid in your eyes. Therefore, the safest time to use them is before going to bed. 

Rinse Your Eyes with Rosewater

Rosewater has a number of benefits, but it is commonly known for its anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. These properties help to protect your eyes from the contaminants that increase inflammation around an open wound. In addition, rose water is extremely soothing and relaxing when used to treat open wounds. Rosewater can be made from home by soaking fresh roses in distilled water or you can pick up an already-made mixture from the store. Rose water can be used to gently rinse your eyes in order to calm any swelling and redness. In order to get the best results, repeat this process every few hours.

Inflammation is a part of the healing process after cataract surgery, but if it persists, it may be time to see a doctor. Until then, use these tips to help reduce any inflammation you experience.