As one of the leading ophthalmology services in the area, Pendleton Eye is dedicated to the care and quality of your vision. Let us guide you through the process of your upcoming cataract surgery by providing information that will keep you up to date on what to expect throughout the process from pre-op to recovery. We want you to be confident in what to expect and how you can best prepare for your upcoming cataract surgery with simple instructions and reminders.
Preparing for cataract surgery largely involves paying extra close attention to the care of your eyes. Two weeks prior to surgery, be on the lookout for any changes such as discharge, redness or sensitivity to the eyes. If you notice any of these changes, discuss them with your doctor as soon as possible. In addition, if you have any changes to your overall health, notify your doctor. A severe cold, breathing difficulties or any change to your optimal health will need to be addressed prior to surgery. Any medications you may be taking may need to cease altogether or the dosage reduced to be a candidate for surgery.
In the days leading up to your cataract surgery, your surgeon will give you instructions regarding eye drops, discontinuing the wear of contact lenses and fasting. Your surgeon will likely prescribe eye drops that you will need to administer into the eyes leading up to surgery to prevent infection and inflammation. You will also be advised to not wear contact lenses for at least 3 days before surgery to eliminate any irritation or dry eye associated with the frequent wearing of contact lenses. Unless otherwise instructed, do not eat or drink anything past midnight on the day before your surgery appointment; however, you should take your regular morning pills related to heart and blood pressure issues. Fasting, along with a good night’s rest, will prepare your body for surgery.
Once surgery day has arrived, what do I bring with me to my surgery appointment? A form of identification such as a driver’s license, your insurance card, a valid form of payment and a friend or family member to drive you home. Also bring along the prescription eye drops, a list of your medications and sunglasses for extra protection for the drive home. Wear loose-fitting comfortable clothing and consider bringing socks or a blanket with you for added comfort. Avoid wearing makeup, facial creams, lotions, perfume, cologne, aftershave, spray-on deodorant, hairspray and jewelry.
Once cataracts develop the only successful treatment to restore and improve vision is cataract surgery. Highly effective and safe, cataract surgery will significantly increase the quality of your life. To learn more about cataract surgery, call Pendleton Eye at 760-758-2008 or visit WEBSITE.