What should I expect before surgery?
Before deciding to have Cataract surgery, you will need
an initial examination to make sure your eyes are
suitable for surgery. Your doctor will take a complete
history about your medical and eye health and perform a
thorough examination of both eyes.
If you wear contact lenses, your doctor may ask you to
stop wearing them before your initial examination (from
the day of to a few weeks before), so that your
refraction (measure of how much your eye bends light)
and central keratometry readings (measure of how much
the cornea curves) are more accurate.
At this time, your doctor will ask you if:
Take any medications, including over-the-counter
medications, vitamins and other supplements
Have any allergies
Have had any eye conditions
Have undergone any previous eye surgery
Have had any medical conditions.
Deciding to have Surgery
To help you decide whether Cataract surgery is right for
you, your doctor and you will thoroughly discuss your
expectations and whether there are elements of your
medical history, eye history, or eye examination that
might increase your risk or prevent you from having the
outcome you expect. Your doctor will discover and then
Whether you are a good candidate,
What are the risks, benefits and alternatives of the
What you should expect before, during and after surgery
What your responsibilities will be before, during and
Your doctor will have you finalize your surgical options
and plans with a refractive coordinator.
Your refractive coordinator will review your surgical
options based on your doctor's reccomendations, assist
you in scheduling your surgical appointments, and give
you detailed information regarding your
responsibilities, before, during, and after your
Before your surgery, ultrasonic measurements of the eye
will be taken to calculate the power of intraocular lens
implant that you will need.
What should I expect during surgery?
Cataract surgery is performed on an out patient basis.
You will not need to be hospitalized or put to sleep for
your doctor to perform your surgery. The procedure
normally takes less then 15 minutes and you can return
home shortly after your procedure. Most people will
enjoy improved vision by the day after surgery or within
a few days following the procedure.
Your doctor will first administer a light sedative which
will relax your nerves and keep you comfortable during
the procedure. Anesthetic eye drops will be used to
completely numb the eye. Your doctor will use the latest
technology for cataract removal. The entire procedure is
performed through an incision that is smaller the 1/8 or
an inch and does not require stitches to heal.
Once the cataract is removed, an intra-ocular lens (IOL)
is placed where the cataract lens was removed, to
restore your sight. Most patients will not require an
eye patch and will not have any discomfort.
Most patients can return to their normal daily routines;
including reading, driving, and exercise, the day after
What should I expect
1. you will be brought to the recovery room for a short
time where a surgical staff member will monitor how you
are doing and provide detailed post-operative
2. Patients are pre-scheduled for a post-op exam at the
doctor's office the day following surgery.
3. In most cases, the second post-op exam is schedul for
one to two weeks following surgery. Additional post-op
exams will be scheduled on an as-needed basis.
4. Prescription eye drops are to be used i nthe
postoperative eye for about one month following surgery.