See details in the Eye Exam section. This exam will determine whether you have a cataract and how advanced it is. Your eye doctor will discuss your results and your treatment options.
Cataract surgery is one of the safest and most common procedures in the United States. If you decide to proceed with cataract surgery, please review the more detailed cataract patient instructions.
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Typically visual recovery is rapid, but blurriness may occur for a few hours or days.
A mild scratchy sensation is common, but is usually controlled within a few days by PROLENSA or Tylenol.
If you have headaches, eye pain or pressure, call the office. Follow all instructions given by staff.
If you require eye glasses, it is necessary to allow your eye to fully heal before acquiring a new prescription. Medicare patients are entitled to one pair of glasses after each eye surgery.
If you have decided to proceed with the removal of your cataracts, your surgery dates will be booked. If you need both eyes done, you will be scheduled for separate surgeries, usually a few weeks apart. Cataract surgery is done as an outpatient procedure, so you don't have to stay in the hospital. The surgery usually lasts less than an hour.
Insert one drop of PROLENSA in the operative eye in the morning and take your regular medications with a sip of water.
Diabetics Only: No Oral Diabetic Medications. If you use insulin, take one-half your morning dosage before coming to the surgery center; bring the other half of your insulin dosage with you to the facility.
Bring your cataract canvas bag, information packet and eye drops with you.
It is important that you attend all appointments as scheduled to achieve the best results from your eye surgery. Piedmont Surgery Center (PSC) will call you one-business-day before your procedure to advise you of your procedure time.
If you have not received your surgery time by 2 pm, then please call PSC at 864‑272‑3460. Again, expect approximately a 2‑2.5 hour-long-stay for your procedure. Please arrange for someone to drive and stay with you at the facility/hospital during your 2‑2.5 hour long stay or contact us for help.
We will see you a few times after your procedure to ensure you are healing and successfully using the medications.
Please call your local office with any questions. After hours, follow the instructions and leave a message and your call will be returned promptly by our doctor on call. If you are not contacted, then call or go directly to the emergency department.