Cataract Preoperative Assessment

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Your pre-operative assessment with the surgeon

At this appointment, the surgeon and his staff examine your eyes and take measurements to ensure that cataract surgery is appropriate for you.  Drops to dilate the pupils will be put in both eyes at this visit. These drops will blur your vision for up to four hours, and sometimes longer.   Therefore, you will need someone to drive you home after each appointment.  Finally,they will arrange a date for your surgery and a one day follow-up visit with them.

It is important to bring the following with you

  • Your current glasses
  • A list of all your current medications, including non-prescription items
  • If you are diabetic, your record book
  • If you take Warfarin, your record book
  • Your GP’s name and practice address
  • A phone number of a friend or family member
  • Your insurance information

Contact lenses

Please remove soft contact lenses (both eyes) 48 hours before your pre-assessment appointment. If you wear permeable of hard contact lenses these should be removed 7 days prior to your appointment.

Remove your lenses 48 hours before your cataract surgery.

Changes to your eyesight

The cataract operation involves placing a new lens in your eye (lens implant).

It is routine to plan the power of your eye to leave you with minimal requirement for glasses to see clearly in the distance. On rare occasion we may discuss leaving you short-sighted or long-sighted if we feel this may be of benefit to you. The following are possible refractive (power) outcomes following your surgery that you may wish to discuss:

Myopia (short-sighted)

You will be able to read close up but will require glasses or contact lenses to sharpen your distance vision

Emmetropia (normal sighted)

You will be able to see at a distance but will need glasses for near vision


In any of the above, if there is significant astigmatism, glasses will be needed at all distances to see clearly. Toric lenses (implants), capable of correcting astigmatism are available.   Unfortunately, these  are not covered by Medicare or other insurances.


One eye is focused for near, the other for distance. If your optician has created this with the use of glasses or contact lenses, we can mimic the effects with cataract surgery

Bifocal and accommodative lenses:

These lenses (implants) allow you to see clearly in the distance and for near without the need for glasses. Unfortunately, these  are not covered by Medicare or other insurances.

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