Cataracts are a clouding of the lens of the eye that gradually worsen until vision eventually becomes completely blurry. Though cataracts are not dangerous and cannot hurt the eyes, they can significantly reduce quality of life. For this reason, many individuals with cataracts will eventually need to undergo cataract surgery. During surgery, the clouded lens of the eye is removed and replaced with an artificial lens implant.
If you have been diagnosed with cataracts and are scheduled for surgery, it’s important to know how to prepare for your surgery. If you are preparing for cataract surgery, here are six things you should know.
- Choose a replacement lens — There are more options for lens replacements than the standard monofocal lens. Key-Whitman offers Tecnis® multifocal lenses to correct near and far vision and eliminate your need for reading glasses. If you have astigmatism, AcrySof® IQ Toric lenses may be an option for your replacement.
- Talk to your doctor about contact lenses or eyeglasses after surgery — Depending on the replacement lenses chosen and your previous prescription needs, you may still require corrective lenses following cataract surgery. Cataract replacement lenses do contain their own correction, so you will most likely need a new prescription for contacts or eyeglasses after surgery. If you wore contact lenses prior to cataract surgery, you should be able to wear them without a problem after surgery.
- Pre-surgery tests — About a week before surgery, your doctor will perform tests to measure the size and shape of your eye to determine which type of lens implant is best for you.
- Stop taking medications — Some medications may increase your risk of bleeding during surgery. Be sure to tell your doctor any medications you are currently taking. You may be asked to stop taking certain medications prior to surgery.
- Eating and drinking before surgery — Your doctor may ask you not to eat or drink anything 12 hours prior to your cataract surgery.
- Arrange for a ride home — Although your surgery will be an outpatient procedure, you will not be able to drive yourself home. Be sure to arrange for a friend or family member to drive you home after surgery.
If you have cataracts and are considering LASIK surgery, contact Key-Whitman to schedule a free consultation. Stay tuned for our next blog on how to best recover from cataract surgery.