Your first visit involves a comprehensive ophthalmic examination, which takes approximately 2-3 hours.
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.
Expectations of Cataract SurgeryTypically 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.
- To prevent infection, an iodine-based solution and antibiotics will be utilized. Additionally, purchase PROLENSA, an anti-inflammatory eye drop to improve dilation of the pupil, reduce discomfort, and decrease the risk of retina swelling.
- Please buy 1 bottle of PROLENSA for each eye. If your pharmacy has not received your prescription, then call your Clemson Eye local office. If cost is an issue, then do inform us so we may help.
- Continue inserting one drop of PROLENSA per day into the operative eye until the bottle is empty, roughly one month, and use any other medications as prescribed by your eye surgeon.
- If needed, you may use artificial tears (Systane/Optive preservative-free, available over the counter) 4x/day.
- Continue all your usual medications without interruption following your cataract procedure.
- Resume your usual diet.
Three Days Before the Procedure
- OCuSOFT HypoChlor: One (1) spritz per eye, rub in with finger, twice daily.
- Eye Drops: Insert one drop of PROLENSA per day into the operative eye, starting three days prior to surgery, continue same instructions for 3 weeks post op.
Night Before the Procedure
- Do not eat or drink anything after midnight. If your procedure is in the afternoon, you may have some light food 6 hours before it.
- If you have diabetes, you will be scheduled in the morning.
Day of the ProcedureInsert one drop of PROLENSA in the operative eye in the morning and take your regular medications with a sip of water.
Appointments for Your Cataract ProcedureIt 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.
Contact InformationPlease 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.
Eye Care after Your Cataract Surgery
- When you get home, remove your eye shield and save it for later use.
- Discontinue the Eye Lid Scrubs after your procedure.
- For the first 2 days, no heavy work, exercise, or lifting. Do not get water in your eye when washing.
- For the first week, at bedtime or nap time tape the provided eye shield over your eye.
- Light activities are acceptable. Return to normal activity levels 7 days post-surgery unless otherwise indicated.
- You may resume driving after your cataract procedure and upon your doctor’s instructions.