what will happen before surgery?

Cataract surgery is the only way to remove a cataract from your eye in order to restore your vision.1 It involves removing your natural (cloudy) lens and replacing it with an artificial one (called an intraocular lens, or IOL).

It is one of the most common and effective surgical procedures.

Before surgery, your eye care professional will do some tests. These will include measuring the size and shape of your eye, and the curve of the cornea. These measurements allow the right type and power of replacement lens to be selected for you.

Here are some questions you can ask:

1. Who will perform the actual surgical procedure?

2. Will it hurt?

3. Is cataract surgery an outpatient procedure?

4. Should I have both eyes operated on?

5. Which type of replacement lens (called an intraocular lens, or IOL) would be best suited for me?

6. (If appropriate) Will any of my current medicines complicate the surgery or recovery process?

7. How long will recovery take?

8. What will my vision be like after recovery?

9. Will my vision correction prescription change?

10. Should I avoid any activities after surgery? For how long?

11. Will I be able to drive?

12. What is the post-surgery follow-up process?

1. National Eye Institute. Facts about cataract. Available at: https://nei.nih.gov/health/cataract/cataract_facts Last accessed March 2017.