Cataract Surgery Process
Initial office visit
- Once your optometrist faxes a referral letter to Dr. Lane’s, you will receive an appointment for consultation.
- Dr. Lane will examine your eyes to see if you are a good candidate for cataract surgery. He will discuss the risks and benefits of the procedure with you. A date and time for the surgery will be given to you on this day.
- You will sign a Consent form for surgery.
- You will receive a Family Dr. form for your family doctor to fill out.
- You will receive Medical History form for you to fill out, regarding your health.
- You will receive a call a phone call from a pre-op clinic nurse the Thursday before your surgery (9am-3pm).
- *** You must have your Medical History form filled out and all original pill bottles ready for a pre-op nurse phone call on the THURSDAY BEFORE YOUR SURGERY.
Day of surgery
You should not eat or drink after midnight before the day of surgery. You may take all your medications on the morning of surgery with a small sip of water. You come to the EYE CENTRE at the Ross Memorial Hospital at the planned time. A nurse will make sure your paper work is in order and will prepare you for surgery.
- An anaesthetist will talk to you before the procedure to review your medications and general health. You will be given intravenous relaxing medicines to make you feel relaxed during the procedure. There is no pain.
- After the surgery, you will taken to the recovery room for about 5-10 mins.
- Then you will be given a snack while a nurse explains the "do's & don't's." The nurse will give you a prescription for eye drops and an appointment to see Dr. Lane the following day.
1 Day post-op office visit
In the morning, you take off the eye shield and start the drops yourself. You will see Dr. Lane in his office so that he can check your eye.
- Zymar 4x/day until next appointment
- Prednisolone every 2 hrs while awake until next appointment
1 week appointment
Dr. Lane will perform a final check on your eye, and you will receive information on how to taper your drops. At this point you should make an appointment with your optometrist in about 1 month for new glasses
- Zymar stop
4x/day for 1 week, then
3x/day for 1 week, then
2x/day for 1 week, then
1x/day for 1 week, then stop
4-6 week optometrist visit
Your optometrist will check your eyes and prescribe new glasses
Laser after cataract surgery
The modern cataract surgery methods allow the implant to rest in the clear bag that used to hold your cataract. Sometimes the cataract leaves a “haze” on this bag, which can be cleared easily with a laser. Also, even if the bag is initially clear, with time, it can become hazy.
The laser is done at Dr. Lane's office. There are no restrictions before the laser and no restrictions after the laser. The laser takes about 30 seconds to 1 minute to perform. It is painless.