• Which precautions should a diabetic patient take after cataract surgery?


    Question:

    Which precautions should a diabetic patient take after cataract surgery?


    Answer:

    I like to perform cataract surgery on my diabetic patients (when someone has too much sugar in their blood, which can cause many health problems) earlier in the morning. I find this is less disruptive to their diet and their medication routine. I will also use a topical NSAID drop (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) for several months after surgery, with the hope that this may diminish a diabetic’s chances of developing cystoid macular edema (swelling in the back of the eye). Finally, with severe diabetic retinopathy, I will also make sure that patient’s retina specialist is aware of their surgery and involved in their postoperative care.


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