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Helping Your Loved One Recover from Laser Eye Surgery

Seniors can have laser eye surgery when the doctors determine that it has a high chance of succeeding and improving your loved one’s sight. It’s good to have someone who specializes in post-hospital care services.

If your loved one needs or desires to have laser eye surgery to fix any sight problems she has, the good news is that there isn’t an age limit for having this procedure. Certain medical conditions may exclude your loved ones from being able to receive laser eye surgery, such as diabetes or epilepsy, but for the most part, seniors can have laser eye surgery when the doctors determine that it has a high chance of succeeding and improving your loved one’s sight. It’s good to have someone like a family member or a home care provider who specializes in post-hospital care services.

Post-Hospital Care Floral Park NY - Helping Your Loved One Recover from Laser Eye Surgery
Post-Hospital Care Floral Park NY – Helping Your Loved One Recover from Laser Eye Surgery

Recovery from laser eye surgery is usually fairly uncomplicated for most patients, but seniors can expect recovery to take a bit longer.  A wonderful benefit of having a post-hospital care professional provide care for your loved one is that they will be trained in noticing problems or concerns more than a family member might be. A post-hospital care provider will ensure your loved one gets the after-surgery care she needs so that she can recover more quickly.

The very first item in helping your loved one care for her eyes after the surgery is to make sure she wears the sunglasses provided in her post-operative kit on the way home – even if it’s cloudy outside. Her eyes need plenty of time to adjust slowly.

Speaking of driving, your loved one should not drive home from her procedure and may want to consider avoiding driving altogether for a few days at a minimum. Plan for her to have rides to get her anyplace she needs to go by either having her post-hospital care provider bring her to needed appointments or having a family or friend at the ready for any transportation needs she may have.

Once your loved one has returned home, she should plan on resting for the day, without any planned activities. Lights should be kept low and she shouldn’t do anything to strain her eyes (like look at a screen for too long). Having someone help with meals and bathing might be needed if your loved one is especially tired after her procedure.

Your loved one should do her best to not rub her eyes or squeeze her eyelids close together as she heals. Her doctor might recommend she not rub her eyes for several weeks or months after the surgery to ensure she’s fully healed before she does so. Blinks should be slow and gentle whenever possible.

If light sensitivity is an issue and causes pain, consider having your loved one take some ibuprofen or aspirin to help with the pain and keep the home darkened until she’s able to tolerate more light.

Finally, make sure your loved one takes all of her antibiotic eye drops and other prescription medication. A post-hospital care provider can help her manage her medications as needed, ensuring she’s taking them as prescribed and making sure she doesn’t run out.

Following the doctor’s instructions and being patient about recovery will help your loved one recover fully from her laser eye surgery.

If you or an aging loved one are considering Post-Hospital Care Services in Floral Park NY, please get in touch with the caring staff at Star Multi Care today. Call (631) 424-7827

Star Multi Care is a Trusted Home Care Agency serving Long Island and in NYC including Dix Hills, Floral Park, Great Neck, Huntington, Manhasset, Massapequa, Northport, Plainview, Rockville Center, Stonybrook, Suffolk County, Nassau County, and Queens County.

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