Learning about Cataracts and Cataract Surgery doesn’t have to be an overwhelming or frightening experience. An understanding of Cataracts and choosing a cataract surgeon will help you make the best decisions about your care and vision correction. The choice of a Cataract Surgeon is the most important decision you will make in restoring your vision. Once you have scheduled your Cataract Surgery it is important to begin thinking about and preparing for the day of your procedure. This can help make the entire experience that much less stressful. In preparation for your surgery, we will schedule you to come in for a preoperative evaluation. At this preop appointment, your eyes will be measured for the lens implant and you will be given information and about your upcoming eye surgery. This information will be given to you in a visual presentation as well as in a written format. It might be helpful for you to keep a list of the important things to do to get ready. These include:
- You can expect to be at the surgical facility for about 2 hours for your procedure. You will have a 1 day post operative check the following day. The time of this appointment will be given to you on your surgery day.
- Wash your face thoroughly with soap and water at bedtime the night before and the morning of your surgery.
- Do not wear any make-up, or lotion the day of your surgery.
- In order to be most comfortable on the day of your surgery, please wear loose fitting comfortable clothing. Preferrably a shirt that buttons down and is short sleeved.
- Please leave any jewelry and valuables at home.
- You will need a caregiver to drive you to and from the surgery center on the day of your Cataract Surgery. In addition, please arrange for the drive to be available to take you back and forth to the examination you will need on the day immediately following your surgery.
- Eat your normal breakfast.
- Take all your regular morning medications.
- Use one set of your eyedrops before coming to the surgery center.
Before your preop examination you will receive a brochure that will contain paperwork that will help you become prepared for your procedure. It is important to review and complete this paperwork prior to attending the preop appointment. If you have any questions about this paperwork, please contact our office and we will assist you. You can also review and download these forms here.
The day of your preop appointment, you will be given a bag that will contain your eye drops and instructions. You will need to start your drops 2 days prior to surgery. Before using your eye drops always shake the eye drop bottle vigorously. You should use each of the 3 bottles 4 times per day. Most of our patients like to do this at breakfast, lunch, dinner and at bedtime. Remember to use your drops at least five minutes apart. For the first week after surgery, tape your eye shield over the operated eye at bedtime for protection. Be sure to bring all eye medications to each eye appointment for review.
Here are the steps for placing eye drops in your eye:
- Tilt your head back and look upward. Sometimes it helps to lie down. Shake the bottle.
- Pull your lower lid down with your index finger.
- Hold dropper with your other hand and place one drop in the lower lid.
- Avoid touching the dropper tip to the eye.
- Close your eyes gently without squeezing them.
- Gently blot your eye with a tissue.
- Wait 5 minutes between each drop.
If you have any problems using your eye drops, feel free to contact us.