So you’re scheduled to have cataract surgery — great! As your appointment approaches, you may have asked yourself these questions:
How do I prepare for cataract surgery? What steps do I need to take? Is there anything I’m missing? What do I do if I don’t understand the procedure?
First, it’s important to recognize that this is an amazing procedure and it’s normal to feel nervous or anxious as you prepare for it. Asking questions can empower you with the knowledge you need to feel confident and secure in your decision to improve your vision.
Here at Montgomery Eye Center, we encourage you to take an active role in your health care. To help, we’ve compiled five important ways you can prepare for cataract surgery:
Ask Your Doctor About Medications
Talking to your doctor about concerns before surgery is always good, but it’s also important to share the names of any medications you take. The chances are, you’ll be told to continue your medications as you normally would, but you may be asked to skip certain doses or reschedule when you take them. Just be sure to disclose all your medical information to your doctor before cataract surgery so they know exactly how to prepare you for the procedure.
Arrange for Transportation
You won’t be “put under” for cataract surgery but relaxed with medications while maintaining an awareness of your surroundings. Since you will be given some sedative medication through an IV site, you may be a little groggy after your procedure. For this reason, in addition to your vision being temporarily limited, you won’t be able to drive yourself home after cataract surgery. Make sure you have a ride to and from the outpatient clinic and someone to help you back into your home on the day of your procedure. Additionally, make sure you have everything you need at home for a day or two (food, medications, etc.), as you may not be able to drive for the first day or two after surgery.
Have Medical Supplies On-Hand
We recommend purchasing a mild painkiller like acetaminophen or ibuprofen if your eyes are a little sore after surgery. Preoperative eye drops will also be prescribed before surgery, and you will be given a schedule and instructed to start them before surgery. Follow all the instructions your doctor gives you and do not forget to administer the eye drops! They contain antibiotics and anti-inflammatories to help your eye heal well.
You won’t be given general anesthesia for cataract surgery, so it’s not likely you’ll have restrictions when it comes to food and fluids the day prior to surgery. Be sure to eat a healthy, well-balanced meal the night before surgery. Please do not eat or drink for 8 hours prior to your surgery. If you need to take medications then take them with just a sip of water. It’s important to eat healthy and drink water while your body heals!
Make sure to dress in comfortable, loose clothing the day of your cataract surgery. You should also not wear any jewelry or makeup. Any eye makeup should be well cleaned from the operated eye before you arrive. When you go to the surgery center, you may be asked for identification. You can ask your driver to hold onto your purse, wallet, or any valuables so nothing gets lost while you’re in surgery. You can use your own sunglasses or the pair Montgomery Eye Center provides as you many be sensitive to light after surgery.
If you or a loved one are in need of cataract surgery, contact Montgomery Eye Center today to schedule a personalized evaluation. Our friendly staff of eye care experts are here to ensure you receive the best preparation for cataract surgery in Naples, FL.