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How to Prepare for Your Macular Hole Surgery It sounds so simple. You have been advised by your ophthalmologist that you need surgery to repair your macular hole which has been affecting your eyesight. The good news is that this surgery is carried out as a day case, but it is a long and frustrating road to recovery, so what steps should you take before your macular hole surgery to ensure you are prepared. If you are a mother and have children that need constant care, then there is more to think about than your own recovery and you are going to need help twenty four hours for the first while as with macular hole surgery you will be required to lie face down for twenty four hour periods to allow the gas bubble which is inserted into your eye time to heal and take it's permanent shape.

The first thing you are going to want to do is put a check list together and start stocking up on groceries and other essentials before your surgery date. You may find that making numerous meals and freezing them down is the easiest way to get your partner to cook for the family each night while you recover. Remember you won't be able to cook when face down for hours at a time. It's essential you follow your surgeons requirements and restrictions for after your macular hole surgery, so you will want to write down all your daily tasks and ensure that there is someone to do this for you. Getting in a cleaner and a nanny or an au pair may be the


solution. If you are an older couple, see if your children can assist with daily chores and if they live too far away, hire house help for those first few weeks, giving you time to get the recovery you need.

Ensure you have someone that can fetch you from the hospital. While macular hole surgery is a day case surgery and you can go home at the end of the day, its essential you have someone to drive you home and to be with you for at least the first twenty our hours, thereafter as long as they are there to help with basic chores or you have someone to assist you for a few weeks after the macular hole surgery. There is equipment that you can rent to help you keep face down for extended periods. Of course you cannot be expected to lie face down on your bed for twenty four hours at a time. You can get equipment that enables you to sit upright with your face resting on a unit, this will enable you to read or answer messages on your phone, even use your computer if you wish.

From here yo can make shift a sleeping position that is comfortable so you can sleep on your tummy. Not everyone finds sleeping on their stomachs comfortable. Take some pillows or a duvet cover and create a horse shoe shape at the top of your bed, this is where you can rest your forehead, so you can lie comfortably for extended periods.


It's essential when having macular hole surgery that you inform your company well in advance as you are going to have to be face down for a few weeks, which makes it impossible to return to work until this time has lapsed. Thereafter you still will not be able to drive until you are completely healed. Preparation is key to your road to recover after macular hole surgery.

Mahi Muqit is a leading consultant ophthalmologist, cataract and vitreoretinal surgeon at two private clinics in London, United Kingdom. He provides patients with superior service and support with a range of surgical procedures to meet their eye sight requirements. He has built up a solid reputation for his eye services in the London area as an expert eye doctor and surgeon offering surgical retina, medical retina and complex cataract surgery. He also offers surgery to patients suffering from diabetic retinopathy. Mahi Muqit is a member of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, a member of the British and Eire Association of Vitreoretinal Surgeons and the UK and Ireland Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons. Treatments provided by Mr. Mahi Muqit: Epiretinal Membrane Treatment: An epiretinal membrane is a condition where a very thin layer of scar tissue forms on the surface of the retina, where the vision is sharpest. Macular Hole Surgery: A macular hole is a small, circular gap which opens up at the centre of the retina. This causes blurred vision and often distorted vision where straight lines or letters look wavy or bowed. There may also be a patch of missing vision at the centre. Treatment For Vitreomacular Traction: This pulling and distortion of the normal macular structure is called vitreomacular traction (VMT), and this can result in distorted and/or blurred vision. Where can I find more information? The Macular Disease Society Helpline: 0845 241 2041; Internet: www.maculardisease.org; http://www.retinasurgeon.uk http://www.retinasurgeon.uk.com/macular-hole/ Email: info@maculardisease.org


How to prepare for your macular hole surgery  

Treatments provided by Mr. Mahi Muqit: Epiretinal Membrane Treatment: An epiretinal membrane is a condition where a very thin layer of scar...

How to prepare for your macular hole surgery  

Treatments provided by Mr. Mahi Muqit: Epiretinal Membrane Treatment: An epiretinal membrane is a condition where a very thin layer of scar...

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