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How to prepare for Cataract Surgery

1st February 2021

Cataract surgery is one of the oldest, most refined treatments in the world. Over the last 60 years cataract surgery has evolved more than any other operation. With the help of modern technology, most patients are able to achieve better results with little to no pain and can return to their normal activities the very next day.

What to do in Preparation for Cataract Surgery

In preparation for cataract surgery there are a few steps you may be required to take to help to ensure your procedure runs smoothly.

Medical History

Your doctor will require you to provide a detailed breakdown of your medical history. This information allows doctors to identify if any of your medication may cause issues during surgery; so you know whether you should or should not temporarily stop taking it prior to treatment.

Please note that medical advice prior to treatment is subjective to your individual case. Please do not take medical advice from anyone other than your appointed doctor regarding cataract surgery.

Eye Measurements

A week prior to your cataract surgery a pain-free test will be taken to measure the size and shape of your eye. This determines the right size lens for your individual eye shape.

There are several types of Intra-Ocular Lenses (IOCLs) available, each having their own strength and purpose. Your choice of lens is crucial and will have a major influence on the outcome of surgery.

Helping you understand and decide on the right Intra-Ocular Lens is a key part of our service at Laser Vision. We ensure that you know the options in detail and will provide guidance on the best treatment.

Food and Drink Consumption

During your consultation, your doctor may request that you do not eat or drink for 12 hours prior to surgery.

Antibiotic Eye Drops

Antibiotic eyedrops may be prescribed to you 1-2 days before cataract surgery to help prepare your eyes for treatment.

All medical advice should be provided in your personal consultation with one of our qualified doctors. Find out more about cataract surgery or contact us to book an appointment regarding cataract surgery.

Post Cataract Surgery Preparation

The recovery process is relatively quick, taking around 48 hours for your dilated pupils to return to their normal size. You will need to arrange a lift home after your surgery as you will not be able to drive. We recommend arranging help for around the house as doctors may advise minimal activity for at least two days post-surgery.

Do not be alarmed if you experience some unusual light phenomena early on – this is common and often settles within a few days.

Results may not be noticed immediately. However, 1-week post treatment you will start to see a significant improvement in your vision. If glasses are still required (depending on your chosen lens) they can be prescribed at any point after the second week of recovery, to ensure that your prescription is accurate.

Correct Your Eyesight with Laser Vision

Contact Laser Vision to book a consultation at one of our clinics or to speak to one of our vision correction specialists about cataract surgery, as well as the other options available to help your eyesight.

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