What to expect before your procedure
Routine exam and tests
After your doctor has examined and diagnosed you with cataracts, he or she will conduct a few tests to see if you are a candidate for surgery and decide which replacement lens is right for you.
The tests involve seeing how much your cataract has developed, measuring the curve of the cornea and the size and shape of your eye, and dilating your eyes to look inside at the back part where the retina is located.
After taking the tests and lifestyle questionnaire results into account, your doctor will decide the best IOL for your vision and lifestyle.
Food and medications
Your doctor may ask you to not eat or drink anything 12 hours before your procedure. Also, remember to talk to your doctor about any medications you are taking and if they will affect your surgery.
Day of surgery
Don’t forget to apply or take the prescribed medications to prevent inflammation and infection. You should ask someone to drive you to the eye center, as well as back home.
Your doctor’s office will supply you with a complete set of instructions for you to follow.