You will use an antibiotic eye drop before and after the cataract surgery. You will use an anti-inflammatory eye drop for four weeks after surgery. A schedule for using the eye drops will be given to you on the day of your procedure.
You can bathe twenty-four hours after surgery, but be careful to protect your eyes.
One week after surgery.
You will be in the clinic for about two hours. You will be in the operating room for about twenty minutes, and the procedure itself will take about ten minutes.
A nurse anesthetist will administer mild sedation to relax you and place eye drops to numb your eyes before the procedure.
You shouldn’t lift anything over fifteen pounds in weight for twenty-four hours. You should also avoid driving and alcoholic beverages for twenty-four hours. We advise you to postpone showering until after you see the doctor the next day.
The doctor will examine your eyes the next day and let you know when you can drive.
A new prescription for eyeglasses will be given to you, at your follow-up appointment, about three weeks after surgery.
The operative eye will be fully dilated on the day of surgery. Your vision will be blurry for the rest of the day, and the effect of the eye drops will take about twenty-four hours to dissipate. Your best course of action is to go home and get plenty of rest.
You need a preoperative physical examination with your primary care physician within thirty days of your surgery. We do not require you to stop any medication.