The doctor and nurses will apply anesthetic eye drops before and during the surgery. IV sedation will be given in the operating room for relaxation. Usually, you will feel no pain during surgery.
How long is the procedure?
Most cataract procedures are 10-15 minutes in duration. Dr. Cape will discuss this with you if he feels the surgery will take longer than normal.
Is an overnight stay required?
The typical stay in the Cape Surgery Center, LLC will be approximately 2 to 3 hours. This includes pre-op preparations, time in the operating room and time in recovery.
Will surgery be performed on both eyes at the same time?
Dr. Cape will only perform the procedure on one eye at a time. It is customary to schedule the other eye within one week of the first surgery. Dr. Cape will discuss this during the surgical evaluation.
What are the restrictions after surgery?
You will wear a protective shield over your eye for the first 24 hours after surgery. Daily activities may resume the day after surgery with only two restrictions. For one week after surgery, you may not lift anything over 15-20 lbs. or bend over for more than a few seconds. You may bend quickly to pick up something, but may not “stay” bent over.
Will medications be used before or after surgery?
Dr. Cape will prescribe eye drops to be used three days before surgery to pre-medicate the eye. After surgery, there is a regimen of drops to use for approximately four to six weeks.
Will my eye be patched?
Post-operative patients will wear a clear protective shield for the first 24 hours. They are later required to sleep in the protective shield for three consecutive nights.
Will I be able to eat the morning of surgery?
Do not eat or drink anything for at least 8 hours prior to surgery. On completion of the surgical procedure, you may resume a regular diet.
Do I have to undress for the surgery?
You are not asked to undress. You should wear comfortable clothing to surgery. Patients are asked to wear either short sleeves or loose-fitting sleeves for easy access for IV insertion and blood pressure monitoring. Do not wear any make-up, lipstick, nail polish, jewelry, face creams or lotions on the day of surgery.
Can I drive myself home?
You are not permitted to drive yourself home after receiving surgery. A responsible adult must be present to drive surgical patients home following their procedure.
Will I see immediately after surgery?
Usually the day of surgery, vision will be blurry or foggy. Dilation from surgery causes blurred vision. Most of the time, by the end of the first day or early the next day, vision will start improving. If your vision is still cloudy or blurry, Dr. Cape will discuss this with you on the follow up visit the next day.
When can I start wearing makeup again?
Makeup may be worn the next day. Patients are instructed not to wear any eye makeup for at least a week after surgery.
When can I go swimming?
You may swim in a swimming pool one week after surgery and lake swimming at least two weeks after surgery.
Can I play golf and mow the yard the next day?
Post-surgical patients should wait at least one week after surgery to resume activities such as golfing, swimming, playing ball, weight lifting or excessive exercising.
Will it hurt to rub my eye?
Gentle eye rubbing is permitted, such as blotting the eye. No pressure should be applied to the eye for at least one week after surgery. You may shower or bathe the next day. The surgical eye should be protected from direct contact with any excessive water force from the shower for one week after surgery.
How often will I have to come back after surgery?
Follow up takes place one day postoperatively, and then at one week, two weeks, four weeks, six weeks, and then three months.