When you have cataract surgery, you only see a small fraction of the preparation that goes into making your procedure go smoothly. You see the thorough eye examination when we determine that you have cataracts and could benefit from surgery. You then hear an explanation about the surgery, potential complications and implant options. You schedule the surgery and arrange for a pre-operative physical with your primary care physician. You then return to our office one more time to be measured for the appropriate implant power and get last minute instructions. The next time you see me is at the hospital on the day of surgery.
What happens between that last appointment in the office and the day of surgery? LOTS! I do a thorough evaluation of your chart so I understand all your medical problems and everything about your eyes that could be important in surgery. Medical conditions such as diabetes, certain medications such as those for enlarged prostates, injuries to the eyes, eye drops used in the past, previous eye surgeries all could impact the surgery. Then I go over all the measurements to determine the implant power to give you the best possible vision after surgery. For every patient we have 3 to 5 different implants ready. The one used depends on how the surgery goes - it is good to be ready for every possibility. I then consolidate all that information on one sheet for easy reference in the operating room and notify the hospital to order the appropriate lenses.
Then there is the night before preparation. Cataract surgery is quick (about 10-15 minutes) but requires intense concentration. My routine for years had been about an hour of yoga the night before which helps me focus the next day - on you!
Dr. Martha Jay is a board certified ophthalmologist who trained at Northwestern University in Chicago before founding Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals in 1992. She specializes in medical and surgical eye care with an emphasis on cataract surgery and LASIK vision correction.
For more eye care information or to schedule an appointment call 262-241-1919 or visit www.LakeShoreVision.com