What do I need to know before my cataract surgery?
A few days or weeks before your surgery, your eye specialist will do some tests such as measuring the curve of the cornea as well as the size and shape of your eye. These measurements help your eye specialist choose the best intraocular lens (IOL) for you.
You may be required to not eat or drink anything for 12 hours before your surgery.
What happens during cataract surgery?
Once you arrive at the surgery center, eye drops are put in your eye to dilate the pupil. The area around your eye is washed and cleansed and made ready for surgery. Cataract surgery is usually a quick and painless procedure, and in most instances you will stay awake during the surgery and be under “twilight anesthesia”. If you have claustrophobia or will be unable to stay still during the cataract surgery, you may need to be asleep during the case. If you stay awake, an anesthetic will be used to numb the nerves in and around your eyes.
During the cataract surgery, your eye specialist will remove the cloudy lens with an instrument that enters the eye through a tiny incision. Once that is done, your eye specialist will implant a new lens.
What happens after cataract surgery?
After surgery is completed, you will have a plastic shield placed over your eye. Your eye specialist team will monitor as you rest for a while to watch for any problems.
Usually you can go home the same day as surgery and you will need someone to drive you home.