What is cataract surgery?

Cataract surgery is a procedure to remove the lens of your eye and, in most cases, replace it with an artificial lens. Normally, the lens of your eye is clear. A cataract causes the lens to become cloudy, which eventually affects your vision.

Cataract surgery is performed by an eye doctor (ophthalmologist) on an outpatient basis, which means you don’t have to stay in the hospital after the surgery. Cataract surgery can be done traditionally using ultrasound energy to remove the cloudy lens or it can be removed with laser-assisted technology. Cataract surgery is very common and is generally a safe procedure.

Instructions Prior to Surgery Date

Very important that you stop taking any blood thinners or anticoagulants at least 14 days prior to surgery date or have your PCP (primary care physician) notify us of indications of how long you may be off it.

  • Do not take any aspirin 5 days prior to scheduled date.
  • If you have an infection surgery will NOT continue, you may NOT be on antibiotics.
  • NO food or drinks after Midnight the night prior to surgery.
  • You will receive a call or text from the surgery center a few days prior to surgery date to pre-register; there will be no need to call us.
  • You will receive a call the Friday or Monday the latest prior to your surgery date. NO times will be given before that. Should you not receive a call, please contact our office immediately.
  • Bring all medications with you including your eye drops.
  • Please use your eye drops as indicated starting 3 days prior to surgery date.
  • There will be 3 different types of eye drops that you will need. Shake them well and space them out by at least 15 minutes.
  • If you have a cold, cough, or are sneezing, surgery WILL NEED TO BE cancelled and rescheduled

Instructions After Cataract Surgery

You will be notified after surgery for a follow-up appointment in the designated office.

Please follow the instructions provided for your safe and easy recovery:

  • NO heavy lifting of more than 5 lbs.
  • NO driving.
  • NO getting close to the stove for 1 week.
  • NO bending.
  • No Twisting.
  • NO direct water or soap in the operated eye.
  • NO rubbing operated eye.
  • USE patch at night only to sleep.

You will be contacted by a home health which is FREE of cost to you; all will be billed to your insurance provider. Please accept the nurse at least one visit to ensure that everything is going smoothly with the recovery of your surgery.

Of course, if you have any questions, call us at 915-261-7011.

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