Cataract Questions: What Happens During a Cataract Surgery Consultation?

Globally, cataracts are responsible for 51% of blindness; this is around 20 million people. As we age, the chances of developing cataracts get higher, especially if we have other illnesses, such as diabetes.

But getting a cataract doesn’t mean you have to live with your sight deteriorating. There are options available, such as surgery.

If you have a cataract and are wondering what to do next, then keep reading. We’ll show you what happens during a cataract surgery consultation.

What You Need to Do Prior to Your Appointment

You’ll want to go in for your appointment fully prepared. Bring your current glasses prescription, any documents regarding your cataract diagnosis, and a list of the medications you’re currently on.

If you wear contact lenses, you’ll want to stop wearing them prior to your appointment. For both soft lens wearers or hard and rigid lens wearers, discontinue use for at least 3 weeks before your consultation.

What Happens at a Cataract Surgery Consultation

When you’re at your consultation, your surgeon will first look over all your documents and discuss your medical history with you. Once they have a general picture of your health, then the tests can begin.

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Eye Tests

First up are a refraction and dilated eye exam. Prior to meeting the surgeon, we will perform a full ocular exam to determine the state of your eyes and cataract.

Next are biometry tests. This is where we takes measurements of your eyeball to determine the right power for your artificial intra-ocular lens. This lens will go in your eye once the surgeon removes your cataract.

If needed, you might be ordered a corneal topography test. This can provide additional details that the biometry tests can’t, such as the presence of keratoconus.

Another optional test is optical coherence tomography (OCT). The surgeon might choose to have this test done if they think your eyesight might not improve much with surgery.

Blood Pressure and Blood Sugar Measurements

Because surgery involves the cutting of intricate parts, the cataract surgeon must know your blood pressure and blood sugar measurements.

High blood pressure can mean a higher risk of bleeding at the back of the eye during surgery. And high blood sugar levels can put you at a higher risk of infection after surgery. So understandably, the surgeon needs to ensure you’re in relatively good health to get the best possible outcomes.

Whilst no blood pressure and blood sugar measurements are taken at the consultation, the surgeon may ask for these to be done at a GP/locally prior to your surgery.

If you need local anaesthetic with sedation or general anaesthesia, you’ll also have to be reviewed by an anaesthetist. They can then determine if you need other tests so you can be cleared for surgery.

Book a Cataract Surgery Consultation Today

Just because you have a cataract doesn’t mean you have to live with it. If you find that your quality of life has gone down with cataracts, make sure you speak to an eye surgeon about your options. Cataract surgery can definitely change your life for the better.

Are you ready to get started on better vision? Then book a cataract surgery consultation with us today. We have both virtual and in-person appointments with optometrists (free) and surgeons (paid).

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About the expert

Mr Samer Hamada | Consultant Ophthalmologist and Corneal Surgeon

MD, MSc, DO (hons), FRCSEd, FRCOphth I am Samer Hamada, founder and consultant ophthalmic surgeon with over 20 years’ experience in ophthalmology. I am a world-renowned specialist in cornea, cataract and refractive surgery. I’m not only a leading surgeon but also the only dual fellowship trained in corneal diseases in children from reputable institutions in the UK. At Eye Clinic London I work closely with other consultant ophthalmologists, optometrists and orthoptists to achieve the best outcomes for our patients. Our main aim is to make sure our patients get the safest and best treatments available to them. We put your safety before anything else so you can rest assured that if you choose us you will be in the best and safest hands.

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