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4 Tips When Undergoing Cataract Surgery

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Are you nervous about having cataract surgery? Have you been wondering how you should prepare for the procedure?We understand that getting surgery is a big deal. Anyone is going to be nervous about getting a procedure completed on their eyes.

Getting cataract surgery lets you live your life the way you want to. Cataracts are extremely common as we age. By the time we reach the age of 80, more than half of our peers will have them.

Cataracts occur when the proteins in the lens of the eye change. Cataracts make the lens cloudy, and more difficult for light to come through. This makes you have blurry or foggy vision or more severe vision loss. People of all ages can get cataracts, but they are more common in older adults.

Want the best experience possible when having cataract surgery? Keep reading for 4 tips to follow before you undergo cataract surgery!

Cataract Screening

During your cataract screening, your doctor evaluates your cataract. This screening usually happens a week or so before your surgery.

They will measure the size and shape of your eye. This helps your doctor figure out the correct intraocular lens to replace the lens. They will also look at the thickness of your cataract and your medical history.

Figure Out Who Can Drive You Home

Most patients are able to go home the day of surgery, but you need to rest once you leave. But you will not be able to drive home after cataract surgery.

You need to make plans for a friend or family member to drive you home. You should not take public transportation home because you may not be able to navigate it.

Also, you will not be able to drive for the next few days post-surgery, so make arrangements for someone to help you. You also need to have someone who can help you with any strenuous activities.

For the first week after cataract surgery, your eyes will be more sensitive. Avoid activities that need you to bend over or overexert yourself during this time.

Pick Out Your IOL

Picking out the right intraocular lens (IOL) is an important part of cataract surgery. You need to work with your doctor to figure out what type of vision you want post-surgery.

Some IOLs will provide you with excellent distance and up-close vision, without glasses. Others may only correct one distance and need you to wear reading glasses.

Once you figure out what type of vision you want, you will work with your doctor to pick out the correct type of IOL.

Ask Questions

Your eye doctor is there to support you through this process and wants you to be as comfortable as possible. This means you should ask questions before, during, and after cataract surgery.

It’s important to know what to expect during every step of your cataract surgery journey. Your eye doctor wants to make the experience as easy as possible, and answering questions is part of that.

Your eye doctor has performed cataract surgery many times. Whatever you’re asking, they’ve probably heard it before!

Are you ready to have cataract surgery? Schedule a cataract screening at Advanced Eye Care, SC in New Lenox, IL today!