receive a mild short acting sedative just before the procedure. You are relaxed.
We now have an IV Free Alternative as well! A mixture of medicine to relax
you is placed under the tongue. No IV is necessary.
Either way the patient is relaxed without completely knocking them out
or requiring life support. This allows the patients to go home within minutes
of completing the surgery.
The same type of numbing eye drops commonly used in eye clinics
are used at the surgery center. However, these numbing drops last longer.
More anxious patients may elect to "block the eye". This makes it so the eye
can't move or see during the procedure. If you need a block, you will need to wear some tape over the eye for about 2 hours afterwards.
Do I need to stop my blood thinners?
No. For routine cataract surgery, stopping aspirin, plavix, Xarelto or coumadin is unnecessary. In fact, changing your other routine medicines (including diabetic medicine) is not necessary.
For glaucoma or lid surgery the blood thinners should be stopped as coordinated between Dr. Mahootchi and the prescribing doctor.
Can I drive home after the procedure?
Not a good idea. It can take a few hours for the brain to adjust to the new vision. You must bring a driver with you to your cataract surgery.
Do I need to have an empty stomach before surgery?
No. You can eat a light breakfast up to 1 hour before surgery at our facility. To avoid having to go to the bathroom during the surgery we suggest no caffiene or dairy products that day.
Can I wear my make up to the surgery center?
No eye make up or mascara please. Wash the face clean before coming.
I can't lie flat. Is that a problem?
We can work around most positional problems with our special beds and equipment. For patient in chronic back pain we have several techniques that can take the pressure off the back. For patients who get short of breath easily, we can usually adjust the neck and back position to make the surgery possible.
Can I wear my sleep apnea mask after the surgery?
We recommend not wearing pressurized sleep apnea masks for a few nights after the surgery. These devices can blow dirty air into the eye! If you must wear them, let us know so we can make
Should I stop my other drops like artificial tears or glaucoma drops while using my cataract surgery drops?
No. In fact, stopping dry eye drops can slow your healing down. Glaucoma medications should be continued. The cataract surgery treats the cataract and not glaucoma directly.
Often glaucoma surgery can be combined with cataract surgery so that less or no drops are necessary after the surgery. Ask Dr. Mahootchi if these options are right for you.
Can I drive the next day?
Usually. You will usually see better after surgery without glasses in the eye that had the surgery. We take out the lens on that side of your glasses (usually) to give the best use of both eyes the next day. Of course, one should use good judgement and if you don't feel you are seeing well enough to drive....then don't. But most usually have no problem driving the next day.
When can I play golf?
The next day. In general you can do anything that doesn't involve the risk of getting something in your eye. So no weed-eating, raquette ball, or mowing the lawn for awhile. Also, heavy lifting should be limited to objects under 30 pounds for a few days.
Can I swim after the surgery?
You can get in water but probably shouldn't put your head under water for a week after cataract surgery.
When can I shower after cataract surgery?
The next day is fine. It probably is a good idea to wash your hair in a way that the water falls to the back of your head and not over the eyes.
When can I go to a beauty salon after cataract surgery?