Questions For Your Surgeon

Be Prepared: Questions to Ask Your Cataract Surgeon

During the Evaluation

  • Am I a good candidate for this type of cataract surgery? Why or why not?
  • Will other eye problems or health conditions affect my cataract surgery?
  • What are the benefits, risks, and possible complications of cataract surgery?
  • How should I prepare for the procedure?
  • Will I need additional tests before surgery for cataracts?
  • Will any of the medications I take interfere with the anesthetic or the surgery in any way?

The Surgery

  • How long will the surgery take?
  • What kind of anesthesia will be used during the surgery? Will I be asleep during the procedure?
  • Will I feel anything during the surgery? If so, what should I expect?
  • What can I expect after the surgery?
  • What possible complications might develop after the surgery?
  • Are there any complication warning signs I should watch for?
  • What should I do if I experience complications?

Recovery

  • How long will it take for my eye to recover after cataract surgery?
  • How long will it take for me to recover from cataract surgery?
  • How can I help improve my recovery?
  • Can I continue my normal activities after I recover from the surgery? If not, when can I return to my normal activities?
  • Will it be possible for me to drive at night after I recover from cataract surgery?

Post-Recovery

  • Will I have to wear glasses or contact lenses after cataract surgery? Will my current prescription change?
  • How long do lens implants usually last?
  • How often should I have follow-up examinations? What will they involve?
  • How often should I have eye exams after cataract surgery?