List of Preparations for a Cataract Procedure

List of Preparations for a Cataract Procedure
November 23 10:12 2016 Print This Article

Cataracts can cause vision deterioration over the years. A person who has this condition may not notice the effect of this eye problem in the initial stages, as it will not instantly affect their daily activities. With the help of eye care professionals, it has become easier to detect cataract even at its early stage by undergoing eye examinations.

During the standard eye exam, the eye specialist will dilate the patient’s pupil to examine the condition of their lens and other parts of their eye. Undergoing eye exams on a yearly basis is very important as a person ages. This is so that the specialist can detect and diagnose if there are possible eye problems that need to be immediately treated or controlled. It also allows the doctor to have a baseline record of your condition, allowing them to monitor your condition for any changes when you return for follow ups annually.

If you have been diagnosed with a cataract, speak to your doctor and see what the options available are and whether he would advise you to go for surgery.

How to prepare before the operation

A week before the cataract surgery, you will need to undergo several examination. The measurements taken will allow the surgeon to select the lens to be inserted.  You also need to take some simple measures to fully prepare for the operation. It will help you and the surgeon to ensure that everything will go as planned. These preparations include:

  • Taking at least a week off work after the surgery so you can fully adjust and recover
  • Avoiding alcoholic beverages 24 hours before the operation
  • Start fasting 6 hours before the surgery
  • Clarify with your surgeon which medications you need stop taking on the day of surgery
  • Maintain a clean surgical environment by taking a full bath on the day of the operation
  • As you will not be allowed to drive after the surgery, you need to arrange a ride home or ask for a friend

How to recover after the surgery

Once the cataract surgery has been done, an eye shield will be placed on the operated eye and you will rest in the post-operative room. Before your doctor allows you to leave the hospital, you can expect the following:

  • You might feel a bit groggy from the anesthesia. Not to worry as this eventually wear off quickly.
  • You will be given prescription medications, including antibiotics or anti-inflammatory eye drops that you can use for the next few weeks to recover from the operation. Be sure to listen to your doctor on the dosages.
  • Your doctor will also give you instructions on how to better take care for your eye
  • Ask your doctor about the follow-up appointment for the following day
  • You may feel slight irritation or stinging in your eye. Keep in mind that this is normal so avoid rubbing your eye.
  • You may be asked to avoid any strenuous activities for at least a week. So if you go to the gym or your work requires you to lift heavy things, you might want to avoid it for at least one week.
  • Be sure to wear your protective eye shield overnight to avoid accidentally rubbing or putting pressure on your eye as you sleep.

Don’t hesitate to get in touch with Atlas Eye to learn more about how cataract surgery works. You may also visit their website to find out more about the services available.


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