Planning for cataract surgery is two-staged:
Before cataract surgery, you must undergo an eye examination at the ophthalmologist.
The examination will assess vision, intraocular pressure and the retina with dilated pupils – which blurs vision for a few hours; so have someone accompany you to the examination.
To appreciate how much vision will improve following surgery, an examination will be performed to stage the cataract and diagnose and assess other eye diseases that may impair vision.
The surgeon also diagnoses conditions that can cause complications during or after the surgery.
Other measurments, such as corneal curvature and eyeball length, are also taken, in order to ndetermine the adequate power of the artificial lens that will be implanted during the surgery.
This is a thorough and comprehensive examination which can take several hours. Be patient.
General blood tests (blood count and chemistry), and ECG– perform at your Kupat Cholim and bring results to the surgery.
Usually, there is no need to discontinue other treatments . Medication for blood pressure, heart disease and any other blood thinner, such as coumadin and aspirin, should be taken as usual on the morning of surgery (unless instructed otherwise by the surgeon). When taking diabetes medication, consult the doctor about the need for discontinuation.
If necessary, the ophthalmologist will recommend additional tests.
If the power of your glasses lens changes frequently, you may want to contact your eye doctor about the need for surgery
It is recommended to avoid bathing in the sea or the swimming pool durnig the first month after the surgery
Wait at least 5 minutes between instilling different kind of drops
It is recommended to bring all your glasses and eye drops when you come to the ophthalmologist
One of the cataract signs, is glare from the headlights while driving at night, or while driving into the sun
It is forbidden to enter into swimming pool or seawhile wearing contact lenses
Do not wash or keep contact lenses in tap water