During the evaluation of your eye health, the lens is carefully examined for any cataract formation. If the cataract is significant enough to qualify for cataract surgery, our doctors will refer you to a trusted and respected surgeon for surgery. Fortunately, cataract surgery is generally a safe and effective procedure. Our doctors will work closely with you to provide you with pre and post-cataract surgery care.
Do you require eye surgery? Whether you are receiving a routine procedure or something more serious, our doctors and staff at Optical Edge want to ensure your surgery is successful. To help guarantee your surgery’s success, we will prepare you for before and after surgery. Here we will provide pre-op and post-op general guidelines to help make your experience as smooth as possible. Contact our office today if you have any additional questions or concerns!
Many of these procedures involve manipulating the delicate tissues in the eye. Therefore, the healing process begins before surgery. Here are a few things to know in the weeks before surgery.
It is necessary to stop wearing contact lenses a few weeks before and after surgery. Ceasing contact lens wear will ensure your cornea remains in a natural state. In the meantime, you should wear your glasses instead.
Both tobacco and alcoholic products negatively affect your body’s ability to heal. Avoid smoking and drinking before surgery - so your body is in its best possible condition to receive treatment.
Depending on your surgery, you may or need to cease eating and drinking before and after surgery. Your doctor will outline your dietary plan during your consultation.
Tell your doctor what medication you are currently taking. Your doctor will tell you what medications you should continue to take and the ones to cease taking. You may also receive new medicine to use before your surgery takes place.
On the day before your eye surgery, you should get restful sleep. Restful sleep will prepare you for surgery. Be sure to wear non-restrictive, comfortable clothing. Don’t wear jewelry, perfume, makeup, or facial lotions and creams, as these products can interfere with the surgery. Arrange for someone to drive you to and from your appointment. Make sure a loved one is around the house after surgery to assist you during your recovery.
After surgery, patients will follow up with our doctor. Post-operative care will include follow-up appointments, a recovery plan, and specific guidelines to ensure recovery goes smoothly. Each person’s eyes are different, so every post-operative situation is unique.
Some post-operation guidelines include:
• Administer eye drops as advised by your doctor
• Wear any provided protective shield for your eyes
• Wear sunglasses outside or in bright rooms
• Avoid rubbing or squeezing your eyes
• Do not apply makeup or other cosmetics
• Stay out of pools and hot tubs to avoid contaminated water
• Refrain from exercising or participating in sports until otherwise directed
You will benefit from having someone to help you at home. It is normal to experience some blurriness and eye discomfort after surgery. If your symptoms become severe, call our office immediately. It is essential to attend all follow-up appointments so our doctor can monitor your progress.
We believe that it is essential for patients to have continuity of care, which is why we see patients throughout their entire journey - from initial consultation to post-operative care. If you are considering eye surgery, we encourage you to contact our office today to learn more about what is involved with eye surgery. We look forward to hearing from you!