Preoperative Visit: During the preoperative visit,
you will make 3 separate stops. Please allow 3 to 5 hours to complete
all of these appointments.
First Stop: You will view a preoperative Cataract Surgery
Video and meet with Dr. Miller for an opportunity to ask questions.
At that time you will decide whether you want to be far-sighted
or near-sighted after surgery, understanding that no guarantee can
be made as to the final refractive outcome. You will also need to
decide on the type of anesthesia. Options include topical and injection
anesthesia. You will sign Cataract Surgery Consent Forms at this
time. You will be given the opportunity to have a corneal topography
test to measure your corneal astigmatism.
Second Stop: You will visit the pre-anesthesia office where
your completed History and Physical Examination form will be reviewed.
Third Stop: Lens calculations will be performed to
determine the power of the intraocular lens implant to be used.
If you wear contact lenses, you should keep them out prior to this
visit. Soft contact lenses need to be out for 3 days. Rigid gas
permeable (RGP) and other hard contact lenses need to be out for
Day Before Surgery: You must call the operating room
at the Jules Stein Eye Institute between 1 and 3 pm to find out
your arrival time. Do not eat or drink anything after midnight.
Do not wear a contact lens in the eye having surgery for the 24
hours preceding surgery.
Operating Room: (310) 825-5031
Day of Surgery: Report to the A-level floor of the Jules
Stein building. You may take your usual medications with a small
sip of water if instructed by the pre-anesthesia staff. If you normally
take insulin or other diabetes medication in the morning, do not
take it the day of surgery. Wear comfortable clothing. Do not wear
make-up or jewelry. Plan to be at the hospital about 4 hours. A
responsible person must drive you home from surgery. By hospital
accreditation guidelines, you cannot take a taxi home from the hospital
unless a responsible adult accompanyies you.
After Surgery: Carefully follow the Cataract Surgery
Postoperative Instructions. If you had topical anesthesia, you will
be able to see from your eye immediately although your vision will
probably be blurry. If you had injection anesthesia, your eye will
be patched. Either way, your eye may feel sore, scratchy or irritated
for 8 to 10 hours after the anesthesia wears off. Feel free to take
Tylenol, aspirin, Advil, or whatever you would take for a headache
if your eye hurts. You will return for a postoperative examination
the day after surgery.