What happens, step by step, if I decide to have cataract surgery?
Once we determine that you do have a cataract, our doctors will thoroughly explain the procedure and discuss your options for lens implants. Then our surgical coordinator will find a date for your surgery and a time for you to return to be measured for the lens implant. Your post-operative appointments will also be arranged. You will be asked to call your primary care doctor to schedule a pre-operative history and physical examination.
When you return for the lens measurements, which takes about an hour, we will give you a kit containing eye drops and explain how they are to be used. On the day of surgery, you will be asked to change into a hospital gown. You may leave your undergarments on. An IV will be started and you will be placed on a gurney. Most of our surgery takes place at Columbia-St. Mary's Hospital in Mequon which is the only location offering cataract surgery in Ozaukee County.
Once in the operating room, you will be given a mild sedative through the IV line. You will lie on your back and concentrate on looking at the bright light in front of you. We ask you not to talk or move unless you are experiencing pain or feel like you need to cough. Should any of these things occur, you let us know without moving much and we take care of the problem. You are in the operating room about 30 minutes and the procedure takes about 10 to 15 minutes.
Afterward, you return to your family or waiting friends in your private room in Day Surgery. You will be able to go home in 30 to 45 minutes after the surgery.
We will see you the next day in the office to be sure your healing is going well.
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