A complete eye exam will be performed to determine if you have a cataract. When you and your cataract surgery specialist have decided that your cataract should be removed, your eye will be measured to determine the proper power of the intraocular lens that will be placed in your eye during surgery.
You will then meet with a surgical counselor to set up a surgery date and receive your preoperative instructions. The day of the surgery- Surgery is done on an outpatient basis. Upon arrival for surgery, you will be given eye drops and medication to help you relax.
A local anesthetic will make the operation painless. Typically anesthetic drops are used, which avoids the need for an injection around the eye. Through an IV (intravenous line) you will be given medication that puts you into relaxed state.
The skin around your eye will be thoroughly cleansed, and sterile coverings will be placed around your head. You should plan to have someone else drive you home.
After the doctor performs the surgery and after a short stay in the outpatient recovery area, you will be ready to go home.
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