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What to Expect: Cataract Surgery
Patients are usually referred to BoydVision with poor vision due to cataracts. They may be referred by their family doctor, a walk-in clinic, or an optometrist. The goal of the pre-op consultation is to confirm the cataract diagnosis (and rule out possible other pathologies) and to determine if cataract surgery is appropriate for the patient. The consultation can take up to an hour. It will include taking a medical and ophthalmic history and performing a complete eye examination with dilating eye drops. Sometimes additional technical tests are needed, to further determine your suitability for the procedure. Once the eye exam is complete and the condition of your eyes is determined, the surgeon will evaluate your overall health and decide if cataract surgery is appropriate for you.
If the surgeon feels you are a good candidate for cataract surgery he will review the benefits and risks with you, to ensure you fully understand the procedure. Once that conversation is complete, he will tell you about the types of intraocular implants available and the pros and cons of each option. By the end, you will have a clear understanding of the cataract surgery procedure, the appropriate implant for you, and the amount of post-operative recovery time you should prepare for. When necessary, a separate appointment is sometimes made – to measure the eye and calculate the appropriate power of the artificial lens to be implanted.