How to Prepare for Cataract Surgery By William Goldstein on November 27, 2013

With the damaging effects cataracts have on your eyes, your eye care professional may recommend that you undergo the best cataract surgery Detroit has to offer. Like any medical surgery, you will need to prepare yourself physically and mentally to avoid complications. Without the right preparatory steps, you might increase your risk of post-surgical infections or excess bleeding during the surgery. Let's give you a few tips to help you prepare for a surgical removal of cataracts:


  • Your eye care expert will perform a test to determine the shape and size of your eye at least a week before the surgery. This helps in determining which type of lens implant would work best for you. Even if you had a specific type of lens in mind, an expert suggestion can help you make the right choice.

  • Give your eye care professional a detailed list of all the prescription or non-prescription medications you are currently taking before getting the best cataract surgery Detroit has to offer. This can help them in identifying any medication that could put you at risk of problems during the surgery.

  • Your eye care expert will also prescribe some eye-drops to use one or two days before surgery. Use the antibiotic eye-drops as directed to minimize your risk of infections, so that you can recover faster.

  • Arrange for at least one day off work, so that you have some time to relax and recover. Although you will be able to walk around, you should not to drive on the same day as the surgery. Your doctor might even limit your activities such as lifting and bending, so it would be wise to arrange for help with household chores and errands.

  • Before getting the best cataract surgery Detroit has to offer, your doctor might instruct you not to eat anything for 12 hours before undergoing the procedure. Make sure you follow the instructions carefully and only eat if your eye care professional gives you explicit permission.

  • Don't forget to wash your hair and take a shower on the morning of the surgery. This helps you maintain a hygienic surgical environment and minimize infection risks.


After undergoing the best cataract surgery Detroit has to offer, remember that your brain needs some time to get acquainted with the new lenses. Check with your eye care expert about activities and exercises that can help speed up this process of adjustment. Whether it's reading, writing, watching T.V., or playing sports like tennis or golf; you should be able to find the right activities to exercise your new lenses.

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William S. Goldstein, MD, has been practicing laser eye surgery since 1991. He was one of the first doctors to offer advanced eye care in all of Michigan and is a member of several prestigious organizations: 

  • American Board of Ophthalmology
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons

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