Eye Checkup

How to Prepare for Cataract Surgery

Eye CheckupIf you have cataracts, and have recently scheduled an appointment to have cataract surgery done, you might be feeling a little anxious— rightfully so— because any type of surgery, whether big or small, is still surgery.  However, in order to ensure that your cataract surgery goes as smoothly as possible, you will be asked to follow the following criteria in order to ensure that both your surgery and your recovery go smoothly. Read on to learn more.


  1. Ultrasound

Ultrasounds aren’t just for babies. In fact, this sort of technology can be used all over the body, including the eyes. About a week or two before your cataract surgery, your eye doctor will have you come into their office in order to get an ultrasound done. By having an ultrasound done, your doctor will be able to measure the size and shape of your eye, and will be able to fully assess what type of approach to take during your cataract surgery.


  1. Medications

A week or so leading up to your surgery, your doctor may also have you go off of any medications that may complicate the surgery— particularly any medications like blood thinners that would cause you to bleed excessively during the surgical process.


  1. Empty Stomach

As with a lot of surgeries, your eye doctor may ask you to fast from food and water for 12 hours prior to your surgery. This will help to alleviate any sort of digestive problems that may occur during surgery and will eliminate the likelihood of nausea after being under anesthesia.


  1. Antibiotic Eye Drops

A day or two before your actual cataract surgery, your eye doctor may prescribe you with some antibiotic eye drops that will help to prevent against any sort of infection that may arise after your actual cataract surgery.


Preparing to undergo cataract surgery doesn’t have to be a stressful endeavor. However, by closely following the care and instructions of your doctor, you can help to ensure that this procedure goes as smoothly as possible.


To learn more about cataract surgery, contact our office today!

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