What To Expect:
Over the years, cataract surgery has improved greatly due to significant advances in techniques and technology. The surgery is a relatively painless outpatient surgery, requiring just a few hours at an ambulatory/outpatient surgical center. Post-surgery recovery time has been dramatically reduced. Many people enjoy improved vision with minimal dependence upon corrective eyewear as a result of modern cataract surgery.
You will have a comprehensive eye exam before your surgery. In addition, special testing will be performed to determine the curvature of the front of your eye as well as the length of your eye. These values are then used to determine the power of the lens that will be inserted in your eye.
You will be asked to contact your primary care physician to obtain pre-operative clearance. He/She will instruct you whether to take your medications the morning of your surgery.
You will be contacted by the hospital/surgery center before the date of your surgery and given a time to arrive prior to your surgery. Please be prompt.
You are not allowed to eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your surgery with the exception of small sips of water with the medications your physician has instructed you take.
Please arrange for someone to drive you to and from the hospital/surgery center.
Following your cataract surgery, you will have a shield placed over the eye that was operated on. You will be sent to the recovery room for less than an hour and then will be sent home shortly thereafter. Please arrange for someone to drive you.
You may resume a normal diet unless otherwise instructed. You may also resume normal activity with the exception of driving and any strenuous activity. You will need to start your prescribed eye drops as per your written instructions when you arrive home.
You will be examined the day after your surgery at which time your post-op instructions will be reviewed. There will be subsequent post-op visits to monitor your progress.
Please call our office immediately if you have significant pain in the eye or if you have any questions following your surgery.