Also known as: What to ask your doctor about cataracts and Lens implants - what to ask your doctor
- If I have cataracts in both eyes, can I have surgery on both eyes at the same time?
- How long after surgery before I notice my vision is better?
- Will I still need glasses after surgery? For distance? For reading?
- When do I need to stop eating and drinking before surgery?
- Should I have a check up with my regular provider before surgery?
- Do I need to stop taking or change any of my medicines?
- What else do I need to bring with me on the day of surgery?
- How long will the surgery take?
- What type of anesthesia will I have? Will I feel any pain during the surgery?
- How do the doctors make sure I won't move during cataract surgery?
- Is the cataract removed with a laser?
- Will I need a lens implant?
- Are there different types of lens implants?
- What are the risks of cataract surgery?
- Will I have to spend the night in the hospital? How long will I need to spend at the surgical center?
- Will I have to wear an eye patch?
- Can I shower or bathe at home?
- What activities can I do while I recover? When will I be able to drive? When can I be sexually active?
- Do I need to see the doctor for a follow-up visit? If so, when?
You are having a procedure to remove a cataract. A cataract occurs when the lens of the eye becomes cloudy and starts to block vision. Removing the cataract can help improve your vision.
Below are some questions you may want to ask your health care provider to help you take care of your eye after surgery.
What is a cataract?
How will cataract surgery help my vision?
How do I get ready for surgery?
What happens during cataract surgery?
What happens after cataract surgery?
Ferri FF. Cataracts. In: Ferri FF, ed. Ferri's Clinical Advisor 2015. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Mosby; 2014:section 259-259.e1.
- Review date:
- May 11, 2014
- Reviewed by:
- Franklin W. Lusby, MD, Ophthalmologist, Lusby Vision Institute, La Jolla, CA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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