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Before Small-Incision Cataract Surgery

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Like any operation, small-incision cataract surgery requires preparation.

Your Health History

Your doctor will review your health history. Based on that, he or she may order tests or talk to your other health care providers. Tell your doctor which medicines you take. That includes over-the-counter medicine such as aspirin.

Your Eye Exam

You will have a thorough eye exam. Your eye doctor or a technician will use devices that measure the length and curve of your eye. These measurements then let your doctor select the proper intraocular lens (IOL) for you.

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The Night Before Surgery

Don't eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your surgery. This includes water, coffee, chewing gum, and mints. If you have been told to continue your daily medication, take it only with small sips of water. Make sure you follow any other instructions your doctor gives you.

The Day of Surgery

Have someone you know drive you to and from the outpatient surgery clinic or hospital. Plan to be there for about 2 to 3 hours. When you arrive, you'll sign a consent form if you haven't done so already. This form explains the risks of surgery. Just before surgery, your doctor will give you medicine that will relax you and keep you from feeling pain. You may sleep lightly.

Risks and Complications

  • Your doctor may have to shift from a small incision to a larger incision.

  • There is a small chance of bleeding, infection, or swelling.

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Date Last Modified: 2002-07-09T08:39:29-06:00

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Dr. Feiten was born and raised in Wisconsin, attending the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh for her undergraduate studies. She graduated from Pacific University with her Doctor of Optometry degree in 1987. She practiced in Kentucky for seven years, receiving the Young OD of the Year Award in 1994.

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