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Preparing for Cataract Surgery

Many patients with cataract take their condition for granted only because it does not interfere with their daily activities. This is why it is important to regularly see an eye care professional for the disorder to be diagnosed. If you are advised to undergo cataract surgery, you will have to prepare for surgery by following the doctor’s instructions carefully.

Here’s how you can prepare for a successful and effective cataract surgery.

  • Undergoing tests. After your cataract has been diagnosed based on a standard vision test and other annual eye exams, you may consider getting rid of your cataract through surgery. A week or two before the operation, your doctor will measure the size and shape of your eyes through a painless ultrasound test. This test will help identify the most suitable type of lens implant for you.
  • Avoiding certain medications and beverages. At least 24 hours prior to surgery, your doctor may advise you to stop taking current medications that could interfere with your blood clotting ability. Drinking alcohol and smoking will have to be temporarily stopped as well as these substances increase your risk of bleeding during the procedure.
  • The use of eye drops. Your doctor may prescribe you with antibiotic eye drops one to two days prior to the surgery as this reduces your risk for infection.
  • Fasting before surgery. At least 12 hours before the cataract procedure, you may be instructed to avoid eating or drinking anything. You can only have breakfast if your eye care professional allows it.
  • After-surgery preparations. You have to arrange for someone to drive you home after the procedure as you may not be able to drive yourself home. Also, find someone who can assist you with your activities at home since your actions, such as bending and lifting, may be limited for a week after the procedure.

If you are interested in getting your cataract treated, our eye care professionals at Thom Eye and Laser Clinic can assist you throughout the treatment. Call us at 701-235-5200 and book an appointment with Dr. Thom today.


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