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Your Cataract Assessment Appointment

On the day of your appointment you will need to arrange for transportation to and from the office, as your eyes will be dilated, making it unsafe for you to drive. The appointment will probably take about 90 minutes in total.

You will be asked how the cataract affects your vision as well as questions about your ocular (eye) health and your health in general. If there is some detail about your health that you feel is important, please let the technician or ophthalmologist know.

Your vision will be tested, other measurements of the eye will be taken, and your pupils will be dilated.

At some point during your visit you will asked to complete some forms and you may watch a video explaining the risks and benefits of cataract surgery.

Your next stop will be with your eye surgeon (ophthalmologist). Your surgeon will listen to your symptoms and will perform a thorough examination of your eyes, looking at your cataract but also at the overall health of your eyes.

The surgeon will make treatment recommendations to you, and together you can formulate what to do next.

Cataract surgery is an elective surgery, meaning its completion is rarely urgent, so you should make your decision about whether or not to have cataract surgery based on how much visual difficulty you are having in performing your daily activities.

Your surgeon will also discuss some choices that you have around the time of cataract surgery, these may include IOL Master testing, Wavefront analysis and which lenses are right for you.

If you decide to proceed with cataract surgery, your surgeon will provide you with some more information and often a prescription to take two days before the surgery. Some additional testing may be performed at this point.

Information about eye conditions, disorders and treatments is presented courtesy of the Eye Physicians & Surgeons of Ontario.

Information about eye conditions, disorders and treatments is presented courtesy of the Eye Physicians & Surgeons of Ontario.