Cataract Surgery FAQ

Below is a list of commonly asked questions regarding cataract surgery. If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact the friendly and knowledgeable staff at Magill Vision Center by calling 843-216-2020.

1. What happens before my surgery? What do I need to do?

  • Your physician will examine your eyes and prescribe the precise lens implant (IOL) that will be used to replace your cloudy lens.
  • Be sure to have the eye drop prescriptions filled and buy eyelid scrubs to use three days before surgery.
  • Arrange for an adult to drive you home and be available to you for 24 hours after your surgery. (You will NOT be allowed to drive yourself home.)

2. When and how do I use the eye drops and eye scrubs?

Three days before your procedure, you need to:

  • Use 1 drop of Zymar® in the eye that will have surgery.
  • Wait 5 minutes, then use 1 drop of Acular® LS.
  • Repeat above steps 4 times per day at 4-hour intervals (for example, 8 am, 12 pm, 4 pm, and 8 pm).

These eye drops help prevent infection and aid healing after surgery.

In addition to the eye drops, you need to use eyelid scrubs 2 times per day, once in the morning and once at night, on the eye that will be operated on.  

Eyelid scrubs are available at any drugstore or you may use a warm cloth with baby shampoo instead. This step also helps prevent infection.

3. What do I do the day before surgery?

  • You can expect a call between 2 and 4 pm to confirm your check-in time,
  • DO NOT eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your surgery to avoid nausea and vomiting. This includes gum, mints, all liquids and breakfast the day of surgery.

4. What can I expect during the surgical procedure?

  • Using a powerful microscope, your doctor will make a tiny incision and use ultrasound energy to break up the clouded lens, making it easy to remove.
  • Next, your doctor will implant an IOL in place of the cloudy lens.
  • No stitches are needed because the incision closes naturally.
  • The process is finished in as little as 15 minutes.

5. What happens after the surgery?

  • You will rest in the recovery area.
  • You will schedule your one-day post-operative follow-up appointment.
  • You can return home with your designated driver.

6. What do I need to do when I’m back home after the procedure?

  • Rest and relax to aid healing.
  • You can expect to return to your normal activities after your follow-up appointment one day after surgery
  • If you experience any discomfort, you can take Tylenol or the medication you would normally take for a headache.
  • Your vision may be slightly blurred for a few days to a week as your eye recovers.
  • Your eye may appear slightly red, but this will gradually clear within a few days.
  • Your pupil (the black part of your eye) may be smaller than your other eye. This is normal. It will return to its normal size within the first two days after surgery.
  • You may begin to notice improved vision within just a few days and significant vision improvement over time.

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