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.
How long does a cataract assessment take?
The purpose of the visit is to complete all the relevant tests and documentation required to determine if you need cataract surgery. This cataract assessment visit can take up to 3 hours.
What is done 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.
How do you prepare for a cataract evaluation?
How Can I Prepare Before Cataract Surgery?
- Schedule a cataract screening.
- Choose an intraocular lens that fits your lifestyle.
- Find someone who can drive you to and from your procedure.
- Pick out a comfortable outfit for the day of your procedure.
- Have realistic expectations for the results of your procedure.
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 is recovery from cataract surgery?
Often, complete healing occurs within eight weeks. Contact your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following: Vision loss. Pain that persists despite the use of over-the-counter pain medications.
Why is my vision worse after cataract surgery?
The “big 3” potential problems that could permanently worsen vision after cataract/IOL surgery are: 1) infection, 2) an exaggerated inflammatory response, and 3) hemorrhage. Fortunately, these are quite rare nowadays, occurring less than 1% of the time.
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.
Do eyes have to be dilated to check for cataracts?
Pupil dilation is a common test used in diagnosing cataracts. When your eye is dilated, however, the pupil increases in size, offering a view of your entire lens. By thoroughly examining the lens, a healthcare provider can determine whether or not a cataract is affecting your quality of vision.
How painful is cataract surgery?
Cataract surgery is not painful. While patients are awake during surgery, there is little or no discomfort involved. A mild sedative may be administered before the surgery, which calms the nerves, and eye drops are used to numb the eye.
Is blood work required for cataract surgery?
If you’re going to have eye surgery, such as to remove cataracts, you may be given some medical tests first. For example, you may have an electrocardiogram (EKG) to check the health of your heart, or a complete blood count (CBC) to check that you have a healthy number of red blood cells.
What blood tests are done before cataract surgery?
Biometry is a test to measure the shape and size of the eye. It is commonly used to calculate the power of intraocular lens (IOL) implants required for cataract and refractive surgery.
What does vision look like with cataracts?
Cataract Symptom: Blurry Vision
Blurry vision at any distance is the most common symptom of cataracts. Your view may look foggy, filmy, or cloudy. Over time, as the cataracts get worse, less light reaches the retina. People with cataracts may have an especially hard time seeing and driving at night.
Can you be alone after cataract surgery?
Immediately after cataract surgery
You will need to have a family member or friend with you to take you home. Once you get home, it is recommended that you rest your eyes and nap.
How long after cataract surgery can I wash my hair?
You can wash your hair one day after cataract surgery, but do not let the water run directly into your eyes.
How long after cataract surgery can I sleep on my side?
Cataract surgery should not affect how you sleep, aside from wearing the protective eye shield to avoid rubbing the eye. Rubbing your eye or even water splashing in your eye can aggravate the chances of infection. You may also want to avoid sleeping on the side of the operated eye for the first 24 hours.