Preparing for Cataract Surgery | Fairbanks AK

Your Cataract Evaluation

If you’ve scheduled a cataract evaluation with our office, you’ve taken the first step toward better vision. Cataract evaluations are usually 2 to 4 hours long, depending on your ocular conditions, mobility, preparation, and length of discussion with your physician and the surgery schedulers. Your eyes will most likely be dilated, so you may want to bring someone to drive you. We recommend you bring a loved one with you anyway, as many find it easier and more comfortable to decide on a surgery if they have someone present who knows them well and can help coordinate their needs before and after their surgery.

Cataract surgery, in most cases, is a very simple and easy procedure. That said, it’s still a surgery, so there are definitely some things you can do to help us make your experience easy and stress-free. You don’t have to do any of them (except maybe Step Three!) but we recommend you do as many as you find convenient to save yourself some time on the day of your appointment.

How to prepare

Step One
If you haven’t done so already, we recommend you read about cataract surgery and your options here. You can also get more information about the specific surgical packages here.

Step Two
Think about whether you might want refractive cataract surgery. If so, we recommend you stop wearing your contact lenses for two weeks prior to your appointment in order to streamline your measurements. You can’t wear them again until after your surgery. If you aren’t sure or don’t want to be inconvenienced without knowing if you should get refractive cataract surgery, that’s alright too! You can wait, and we can schedule your measurements after a two-week period of disuse.

Step Three
Gather up a list of all of your medications, including dosages, and find your insurance cards. You’ll need these the day of your appointment!

Step Four
Prepare for your appointment in advance by filling out your new patient paperwork and/or your surgical questionnaire. You can find those here:

Step Five
Watch the following informative videos from the American Academy of Ophthalmology. These videos are specifically designed to supplement your visit with us so you have all the information you need to make an informed decision about having cataract surgery once you’ve spoken to your surgeon. You can save time at your appointment by watching them now!

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