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).