Before Clear-Cornea Cataract Surgery
Like any operation, small-incision cataract surgery requires preparation.
Your Health History
Your doctor will review your health history. Based on that, he or she may order tests or talk to your other healthcare providers. Tell your doctor which medicines you take. That includes over-the-counter medicine such as aspirin.
Your Eye Exam
You will have a thorough eye exam. Your eye doctor or a technician will use devices that measure the length and curve of your eye. These measurements then let your doctor select the proper intraocular lens (IOL) for you.
The Night Before Surgery
Don’t eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your surgery. This includes water, coffee, chewing gum, and mints. If you have been told to continue your daily medication, take it only with small sips of water. Make sure you follow any other instructions your doctor gives you.
The Day of Surgery
Have someone drive you to and from the outpatient surgery clinic or hospital. Plan to be there for about 2 to 3 hours. The surgery is brief. But the hospital staff needs a little time to get you ready for surgery. When you arrive, you may have to sign a consent form. This form explains the risks of surgery. Just before surgery, your doctor will give you medicine that will relax you and keep you from feeling pain. You may sleep lightly.
Risks and Complications
Risks and complications include but are not limited to:
Bleeding, infection, or swelling
Decreased vision or loss of vision in the operated eye