Frequently Asked Question About Cataract Surgery

Surgery Timeframe

Q Approximately how many days after the initial exam can surgery take place?
A Following the initial exam, patients need to visit the clinic once more for an exam to determine the power of the lens. Surgery can take place as early as two weeks thereafter depending on the type of lens. For multifocal IOLs that also treat astigmatism concomitantly, the wait may be up to two to three months.

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Q How many visits to the clinic are required after cataract surgery?
A Postoperative exams are scheduled at one day, one week, one month, three months, six months, one year after surgery and once annually thereafter. Nevertheless, depending on the condition of the eye, additional clinical visits may be required.

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Q Can patients go home on the day of the surgery?
A All surgical procedures performed at our clinic are outpatient surgeries.

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Q How long is the surgical procedure?
A Before surgery, patients receive eye drops for pupil dilation (approximately 1.5 hours). Once in the operating room, patients will go through the disinfection procedure and receive the surgery (approximately 20 minutes). Patients can go home following a 30-minute rest after the surgery.

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Q Is it necessary for someone to accompany patients on the day of surgery?
A Having an escort is recommended because, at the minimum, it has a calming effect on the patients. Also, since driving after the surgery is not possible, patients should not drive to the clinic on the day of surgery unless their escort plans to do the driving.

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Q Can the operation be performed on both eyes at the same time?
A Even if a patient has bilateral cataracts, the operation will be performed on one eye at a time to prevent concurrent complications to both eyes.

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