Preparing for Surgery and Recovery

Before Your Surgery

  • You will be required to obtain medical clearance prior to your surgery. Medical clearance includes having a "history and physical" with your primary care physician. An EKG is required if you are over 60 years of age or have a health condition that requires it.
  • Please be aware that this clearance EXPIRES in 30 days so please do not schedule it until you have a firm surgery date scheduled.
  • For Potential Cataract Patients: If you are a contact lens wearer, it is recommended that you stay out of contact lenses at least 2 weeks prior to your in office surgical consult appointment with your surgeon. Not doing so may result in need for additional appointments to achieve accurate data needed for your surgery.
  • You will be asked to stop eating and drinking after midnight the night before your surgery. If you have a health condition such as diabetes that will be impacted by this, please let your surgeon know so that we can plan your surgery accordingly.
  • You will be required to have an escort to bring you home the day of surgery. Please plan accordingly. If you have travel plans, please discuss them with your surgeon.

After Your Surgery

  • After your surgery on the day of, rest for the remainder of the day. 
  • Do not consume alcohol, drive, operate machinery, or make important personal or business decisions for 24 hours.
  • Plan on having a light meal when you get home from surgery. This will prevent any nausea and vomiting. Vomiting increases the pressure in the eye. If you do not have nausea from a light meal, you can try a heavier meal the next time you eat.
  • You should refrain from heavy lifting and exercise after surgery. Please consult with your surgeon as to when you can safely resume exercise.
  • If you are working, when you will be able to return to work will depend on your surgery. Please consult with you surgeon for more specific instructions.
  • You should expect to not fly anywhere for one week immediately following surgery. If you have travel plans, please discuss them with your surgeon.