Prior to Surgery:
You will see your primary care physician before surgery to make sure you are in good health. You will also visit the Ophthalmology Department for measurements to calculate the power of the artificial lens. At this appointment, you will be able to ask any questions that you have regarding cataract surgery and care after surgery.
Intraocular Lens Measurement
Usually, the method used to calculate the power of the artificial lens (intraocular lens) is very accurate. However, final results may vary for patients who are highly nearsighted, highly farsighted, or have had refractive surgery. If your vision after surgery is considerably different than what was planned based on your measurements, surgical replacement of the artificial lens might be considered in an attempt to improve the situation.
Before cataract surgery, you will receive a prescription for antibiotic eye drops. You will need to start using these drops the day before your surgery to help prevent infection in your eye. Your primary care physician will also review your other medications. You may need to stop taking blood thinners and other medications prior to cataract surgery.
After surgery, you will be sent home wearing a clear eye shield that should be used when napping or sleeping. You will need to wear this shield for at least one week. You will also be prescribed eye drops to use during your immediate recovery.
Your surgeon will examine you the day after your surgery. After this initial appointment, other appointments will be scheduled to check your healing. During recovery, you may resume reasonable activities; avoid strenuous bending or heavy lifting. After one week, you should be able to resume your normal activities and stop using the eye shield.