Having cataract surgery can be terrifying because it will result in doctors going near your eye with knives, but it can also be exciting because it will significantly improve your vision and ensure that you don't lose any more of your ability to see the world. Here's a breakdown of what to expect when preparing for your cataract surgery and what you should do in order to feel ready.
1. Have Your Eyes Measured
Your ophthalmologist will likely ask you to come in for an appointment during which he or she will perform an ultrasound. This ultrasound will not cause you pain and is designed to help the ophthalmologist measure the size and shape of your eye as accurately as possible. He or she needs this measurement in order to make sure that the correct intraocular lens is created. This lens will be implanted into your eye and in order for the surgery to be successful, it needs to fit your eye exactly.
2. Stop Taking Blood Thinners
If you are taking any medication that might cause your blood to be thinner than normal, your doctor will likely put you on a timeline for stopping the medication. You want to make sure that your blood is a normal thickness in order to make sure that you do not bleed too much during the surgery. Too much bleeding could be dangerous for your health and could make the surgeon's job much more difficult.
3. Ask Someone For a Ride
You will likely be put under for your surgery. Once you have this confirmed and know the date of the surgery, you are going to want to ask for someone to drive you home. Some doctor's offices and hospitals offer ride services to take patients home after they've been put under anesthetic, but it might make you feel more comfortable to find a friend or family member to take you to the hospital and back.
4. Stock Up on Food
Your vision might be impaired for a few days after the surgery and you won't be able to operate your vehicle. To make your recovery time more comfortable, make sure that you stock up on food that will be easy for you to make and eat without having to see too well.
5. Take Antibiotic Eyedrops
Your ophthalmologist might recommend that you take antibiotic eyedrops regularly a few days before your surgery in order to decrease the chances that you will develop an infection. Make sure that you take these as prescribed.
For more information, talk to an ophthalmologist such as those at Blink Eyewear.
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