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Once you and your eye doctor have decided to move ahead with cataract surgery, you will have a pre-op appointment to discuss the following:

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Your medical history, current medications, and any pre-existing conditions

Be prepared to talk about these in as much detail as possible. Although cataract surgery is quick and simple, it’s important to get all the details up front to help eliminate any potential risk later.

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The cataract surgery procedure

In preparation for cataract surgery, your doctor will walk you through the procedure and what your options are. Depending on certain factors, either manual surgery performed by your doctor or laser-assisted cataract surgery may be best for you. You’ll also receive guidance on follow-up care, so be sure to come with any questions you may have.

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Which IOL lens is best for you

You have a variety of options when it comes to improving your vision through surgery. Before cataract surgery, you and your doctor will talk about your lifestyle, your goals, and what’s most important to you when it comes to your vision. Then, together you’ll decide which lens is best for you. To help get you started, take a look at your options here.

Questions to consider

As you prepare for your cataract surgery pre-op assessment, here are some things you may want to consider:

  • What activities are a big part of my lifestyle?
  • What activities would I like to be able to do without glasses, if possible?
  • Am I interested in laser-assisted cataract surgery, if I am a candidate?
  • Am I willing to pay out of pocket for certain treatment options if they are valuable to me and I am a candidate?

To learn how the surgical procedure works, click here. Then, talk to your doctor about any remaining questions you may have about the surgery, the risks and benefits of different treatment options, and what’s right for you.