What Happens on the Day of Surgery?

The Steps to the Start of Your New Vision

cataract-surgery2-eye-doctor-san-francisco.jpgMany of our cataract patients didn’t realize how bad their vision had become until they experienced life with their new Intraocular Lenses (IOLs). Each patient will heal at a different rate; some patients will begin to have clear vision within hours after surgery while others may take a week or two for the full effects.

Cataract surgery is performed on one eye at a time. If you require surgery in both eyes, your first eye must heal before the second eye surgery will be performed (typically no sooner than two weeks later).

The day of your cataract surgery procedure at Pacific Eye Specialists will go something like this:

  1. Arrive at the pre-determined state-of-the-art surgery center (Seton Medical Center Outpatient Surgery Center, the Eye Surgery Center of San Francisco or the California Pacific Medical Center) prior to your scheduled surgery time.
  2. Fill out any necessary paperwork with our staff.
  3. Begin to relax in our pre-op suite.
  4. Enter our surgical suite where the surgeon, anesthesiologist and nurses will be caring for you.
  5. Take all the time you need to relax in the surgical suite after your procedure.
  6. Have someone drive you home, where you should rest or nap for several hours.

Your doctor will provide you with contact information after the procedure in case you have any questions or concerns after you get home. You will be asked to return to the office the following day for your first post-op appointment.