Although you’re probably not looking forward to cataract surgery, keep in mind that modern cataract surgery is one of the safest and most effective surgeries performed today. There are over three million cataract surgeries in the United States every year. The vast majority have excellent outcomes and greatly improve quality of life.
Dr. Kramer will evaluate your vision to determine if you are a candidate for surgery. We will recommend a surgeon and we will set up your initial appointment.
Being prepared for your upcoming surgery will ease your mind. Know what to ask your eye doctor, understand your options, and be sure you’re ready for recovery. After surgery, Dr. Kramer will see you for a series of visits for acuity testing until your vision has stabilized. Once it has, he will determine your new eye glass prescription.
Fixed-focus monofocal – This has single focus strength for distance vision. You’ll likely still need reading glasses.
Accommodating-focus monofocal – These are designed to provide a greater range of paragraph vision after cataract surgery than conventional monofocal IOLs.
Multifocal – Like glasses with bifocal or progressive lenses, they allow near, medium and far vision.
Astigmatism correction (toric) – If you have a significant astigmatism, this type of lens can help correct your vision.
Just prior to surgery, your eye doctor will have some instructions, including:
Stopping any medications that could increase your risk of bleeding during the procedure or interfere with cataract surgery
Using antibiotic eye drops one or two days before the surgery
Fasting 12 hours before the procedure
As you prepare for your upcoming procedure, keep the following in mind for your recovery period.
Get a driver – Make sure you have a reliable companion who can drive you to and from your appointment. Uncomplicated cataract surgery usually lasts 15-20 minutes.
However, you’ll probably be at the hospital for about 90 minutes. They need to prepare you for surgery and provide instructions about your cataract surgery recovery before you leave.
Have a Day-of-Surgery Caregiver – Some surgery centers require that someone be with you for at least one day if you received anesthesia, so be sure to ask and arrange coverage.
Ongoing Helper – You should also arrange for a friend or family member to help around the house or drive you for at least the first week. You won’t be able to do any strenuous activity and heavy lifting (nothing over 25 pounds). You shouldn’t bend, exercise or any other similar activity that might stress your eye.
Medical Assistance – If you anticipate any difficulty giving yourself medicated eye drops, find someone who can administer them for you several times each day for a few weeks after surgery.
Stay Inside – Plan to stay indoors as much as possible, but you’ll receive a special pair of sunglasses for when you go outside.
With a better understanding of what to expect before cataract surgery, you can reduce any anxiety and form a plan for a successful procedure. Soon, you’ll be seeing your world more clearly – and be happy you decided to do it!