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Preparing for cataract surgery can be overwhelming. That’s why you are always encouraged to ask questions during your cataract screening.

It is very important to follow the instructions given to you during this consultation. Following these instructions will help you achieve the best results from the procedure. To help you stay on track, here are some of the basic guidelines you will need to follow!

Do: Attend the Pre-Operation Appointment

An appointment should be scheduled about a week out from your surgery date. This appointment is necessary for the doctor to perform tests and to come to a decision about what kind of IOL you need.

You will need to decide whether you would like a premium lens or if you want a basic lens. The basic lens means you need to continue to wear glasses after cataract surgery. It is worth noting that the tests performed are painless and short.

Don’t: Eat or Drink Right Before the Surgery

While under sedation, there is a chance of stomach acid going into your lungs, which can cause damage. You will need to fast for about 12 hours before surgery to ensure you are safe from this effect.

You should also check with your primary care doctor about any medications you are on that could cause bleeding. If you are on any that could cause bleeding, they may recommend stopping them before surgery.

Do: Plan a Ride From the Clinic

After cataract surgery, you will likely be tired and groggy from the sedation. Although the surgery only takes about ten minutes to perform, healing from it can still take quite a bit out of you.

More importantly, your vision will likely be blurry for some time. This will make it difficult and unsafe to drive.

You will not be allowed to drive home after having cataract surgery. You must have someone who can drive you home, either a friend or a family member.

If not, you can always use a ridesharing service or call a taxi if you’re in a pinch. Having someone you know who can drive you home is preferable, as they can see you inside.

They can also make sure you are comfortable and have everything you need once inside. You may not be able to drive for a few days after the surgery, although many people can return to driving the next day.

Don’t: Wear Makeup

Makeup, lotions, and perfumes should be washed off the day before cataract surgery. Do not reapply any makeup until your eye doctor clears it.

Particles from your makeup can get into your eyes, no matter how careful you are. In their state of healing, your eyes will be much more likely to become infected.

Irritation is also a problem since your eyes will already have trouble staying moist. Not wearing makeup also extends into your recovery from cataract surgery.

Your eyes will need to heal for about two weeks before it is safe to resume your makeup and skincare regimen. Talk to your doctor if you are unsure about wearing makeup after cataract surgery.

Having a successful cataract surgery requires you and your doctor working as a team. Come in and get on the same page about your cataracts!

Schedule a cataract screening at Colorado Eye Consultants in Littleton, CO!