Once we have the cataract measurements, we proceed to the comprehensive eye exam. This includes checking visual acuity, effects of glare on visual acuity, glasses prescription, eye pressure, and pupils (among other things) prior to dilation.
What happens when your eyes are measured for cataract surgery?
Before surgery, the length of your eye will be measured in what is called an A-scan, and the curve of your cornea will be measured in a technique called keratometry. These measurements help your surgeon select the proper lens implant for your eye. You will also discuss the various lens options available to you.
What happens during a cataract evaluation?
To determine whether you have a cataract, your doctor will review your medical history and symptoms, and perform an eye examination. Your doctor may conduct several tests, including: Visual acuity test. A visual acuity test uses an eye chart to measure how well you can read a series of letters.
Why are eyes measured before cataract surgery?
Before the procedure. A week or so before your surgery, your doctor performs a painless ultrasound test to measure the size and shape of your eye. This helps determine the right type of lens implant (intraocular lens, or IOL).
How long does a cataract evaluation take?
CATARACT ASSESSMENT APPOINTMENT
The appointment will probably take about 90 minutes in total. One of our technicians will ask you questions about how the cataract affects your vision as well as questions about your ocular health and your health in general.
Do they dilate your eyes for cataract consultation?
A cataract evaluation takes place in the office with your prospective surgeon. At this appointment, patient’s should prepare to be dilated. Eye drops are administered, causing your pupils to widen, allowing in more light, & giving your doctor a better view of the back of your eye.
Can you drive after cataract evaluation?
Most patients are able to resume driving 24 hours after cataract surgery. However, this completely depends on the individual patient. The day after your surgery, you will return to your surgeon’s office for a follow-up appointment.
How long does cataract surgery take?
Cataract surgery takes 10 to 20 minutes to complete, depending on the severity of the condition. You should also plan to spend up to 30 minutes following the surgery to recover from the effects of the sedative.
How long does it take to recover from cataract surgery?
Although some patients see well just a few days after cataract surgery, full healing can take up to three months. Cataract surgery recovery time tends to be minimal and mild, but there are various factors that can impact the speed of recovery.
How many follow up appointments after cataract surgery?
Typically, the patient will have one final exam three to six weeks after surgery. This one must include a dilated fundus exam to confirm the patient is well-healed and stable, and also a final postoperative refraction and prescription.
HOW IS lens power determined before cataract surgery?
Prior to implantation of the lens, the surgeon must predict what lens power is necessary to provide appropriate distance vision. The calculation of the proper lens power depends on individual patient factors such as corneal power, axial length, anterior chamber depth, and the final position of the IOL in the eye.
Do and don’ts after cataract surgery?
Don’t drive on the first day following surgery. Don’t do any heavy lifting or strenuous activity for a few weeks. Immediately after the procedure, avoid bending over to prevent putting extra pressure on your eye. If at all possible, don’t sneeze or vomit right after surgery.
Can you watch TV after cataract surgery?
You can read or watch TV right away, but things may look blurry. Most people are able to return to work or their normal routine in 1 to 3 days. After your eye heals, you may still need to wear glasses, especially for reading.