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Before Cataract Surgery

What to Expect Before Cataract Surgery

At Milan Eye Center, our surgeons and staff prepare patients for cataract lens replacement surgery by providing them with all pertinent information about their procedure. Before surgery, patients are given a prescription for eye drops and should use the medicated eye drops exactly as written in the pre-op plan. Patients should plan ahead for a family member or friend to drive them home following the procedure. While aspirin may continue to be taken prior to surgery, patients who take anticoagulants such as Coumadin or Plavix should talk to their primary care physician or cardiologist to determine whether the anticoagulants should be stopped prior to surgery. Patients should never stop taking anticoagulant medication on their own!

Beginning the night before the cataract procedure patients should not eat or drink anything after midnight, including water. Patients should shower the evening before surgery.

On the morning of cataract surgery, patients should not wear any contact lenses. Patients should not apply any makeup including blush, mascara, lipstick, eyeliner, or eye shadow. Patients should also avoid using any lotion on the face or chest. And for diabetic patients, no insulin or other diabetic medication should be taken before the cataract surgery.

Patients should dress comfortably with a button or zipper top and leave all jewelry and other valuables at home. Heart or blood pressure medication can be taken that morning with a small sip of water.

Any other questions about medication or before surgery plans, should be asked well before the day before surgery. Milan Eye Center physicians can answer any questions about a specific pre procedure plan. And following the pre-op plan is the first step towards ensuring a cataract surgery procedure is successful and smooth.