Preparing for Cataract Surgery

Deciding to have Cataract Surgery

A comprehensive dilated eye exam is the first step in deciding to have cataract surgery. During your exam, your symptoms will be reviewed and your vision will be checked to determine whether a change in your correction will improve your symptoms.

Dr. Christopher Larson and Dr. Todd Larson will review the results of your exam and based on the information may advise cataract surgery. If surgery is recommended, your doctor will review with you the risks and benefits of surgery. Except for isolated cases, cataract surgery is an elective procedure, the decision to proceed is entirely yours.

Before Cataract Surgery

After deciding to procedure with Cataract surgery, additional testing will be required to determine the health of your eye and the power of the lens to implanted. This appointment usually takes one hour in our office at which time the consent for surgery and necessary ocular medications will be reviewed with you.  You will also be required to complete a history and physical with your family doctor to be certain you are in good health prior to surgery. This can be performed no more than 30 days prior to surgery and at least 3 days prior to surgery.

The Day of Cataract Surgery

Cataract surgery is performed on an out-patient basis. You will be asked to arrive at the surgery center approximately one hour  prior to your procedure. A nurse will review with you what to expect during the procedure. Once in the surgery room, you will lie down on a comfortable bed and be given eye drops to numb the eye. An anesthesiologist will be present to monitor you and give light sedation during the procedure.

A microscope will be positioned over your eye and you will be asked to look up into the light. During the procedure, your doctor will stabilize your eye with a device to keep your eyelids open. You may feel slight pressure on your eye during the procedure.

After your procedure, you will be taken to the post-operative area where you will be given a light snack prior to leaving. You will need someone to drive you home. Due to medication given during the procedure, you will be asked not to drive the day after surgery. Other than this, you will have no other restrictions.

After Cataract Surgery

Most patients are able to see well within hours of having surgery. You may find that you will see better without your glasses. If a prescription lens change is necessary, your best vision will not return until you receive a new lens prescription. You will need to be examined at the office the day after your surgery. Normal activity can be resumed immediately after surgery. You will need to wear a plastic shield at bedtime for one week following your procedure and continue ocular medications as prescribed.

You may experience some tearing, light sensitivity and/or irritation following your surgery. This is normal and should improve within a day or so following your surgery.

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The material contained on this site is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider.