The World Health Organization’s latest assessment on cataract cases revealed that the condition affects roughly half of the world population. As cataracts are the leading cause of blindness, it’s fortunate that surgery has made it possible to completely restore vision for millions who are affected. Cataract surgery involves removal of the existing clouded lens of the cornea, replacing it with an artificial lens.
Once you have decided to undergo cataract surgery, the following instructions will be provided to help you thoroughly prepare for the procedure and ensure the optimal outcome.
- If you’re following a regular work schedule, take at least two days off before the procedure and two days off afterwards to recover from surgery.
- Arrange for someone to bring you to and from the hospital. In addition, it is best to have someone stay with you during the first few days following surgery to help with chores and make sure that you follow post-op instructions.
- Refrain from consuming alcoholic beverages 24 to 48 hours before your scheduled surgery.
- You do not have to fast the morning before surgery. However, a light breakfast is recommended.
- Don’t wear eye make-up on the morning of your surgery.
- Wear clean, comfortable, loose clothing on the day of your surgery. Wash your hair thoroughly.
- Pre-surgery eye drops for the surgical eye may be prescribed. Ask your surgeon about the appropriate technique for inserting these eye drops.
- Avoid taking excess cash, jewelry, or other valuables to the surgery location on the day of your surgery.
- Have your wrap-around sunglasses ready. They will prove useful post-surgery when you may find yourself highly sensitive to light.
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