What to bring:
- Referral, if you have it
- All your current glasses
- Any eye drops you are taking
- List of your medication
- A driver
What will happen at the initial consultation:
The most important part of the initial consultation is to get to know your visual needs and expectations, and determine your eye health, so we can help you choose the best option for you.
First, your vision and intraocular pressure will be checked and the prescription in your current glasses measured. Your pupils will be dilated with eye drops to allow the ophthalmologist to examine your eyes thoroughly. This will make your vision blurry for a few hours so it is best not to drive yourself. If you have to drive to the appointment, you will need to wait a few hours for the drops to wear off before driving home.
At myeyespecialist, all patients considering cataract surgery will have an OCT scan to assess the retina in microscopic detail to make sure that there is no other reason for blurry vision. This test will also check for macular degeneration and glaucoma.
Your eye will need to have a series of measurements to calculate the lens power that is most likely to give you the desired result.
How is lens power calculated?
Just like the lens in your glasses has a certain power or strength, so does the artificial lens that needs to be implanted during the surgery. The lens power is determined by a mathematical formula, which takes into account a series of measurements of your eye. This is all done though sophisticated software, so there is no chance of human error in calculations. The calculations are highly accurate with more than 90% chance of achieving the anticipated vision.
If you wear contact lenses, you will need to have a period of time without them in order to obtain accurate measurements. For soft contact lenses, 2 weeks without them is sufficient, for hard contact lenses, one month without lenses for each decade of wear is required.
When you see the ophthalmologist:
The ophthalmologist you meet at your initial consultation will be the surgeon doing your cataract surgery, so you can be confident that the surgery is tailored to your eye and your expectations.
The doctor will take time to listen to your requirements, examine the eye and review the scans. We will go over the options together and the risks and benefits of surgery will be explained. If you wish to proceed with surgery, we will choose the surgery date and complete the necessary paperwork. Some people may need to have further tests done on a different day and some people need more time to think about their options. The right time to proceed with surgery is when you are sure that this is what you want.