Know Before You Go
There is useful information to provide to your physician to ensure you get the most out of your visit. Before your appointment, compile the following information:
- When you first started noticing that your vision was getting cloudy
- If the cloudiness has increased or stayed the same
- Your history of eye problems
- Findings from your physician if he or she referred you to an eye doctor: what kind of screening he or she did, the results, intraocular pressure measurements
After it has been determined you have cataracts, be sure to get the following questions answered before leaving the office:
- What type of cataract do you think I have?
- What kind of diagnostic tests do you recommend?
- Are there risks associated with these tests?
- How should I prepare for the tests?
- Is there anything I can do to prevent my cataract from getting worse?
- What are the treatment options for my type of cataracts? Which option do you recommend and why?
If your doctor recommends surgery, make sure to ask the following questions:
- Why am I a good candidate for cataract surgery?
- What are the risks/complications of surgery?
- Who will perform the surgery? Where will it be performed? What type of anesthesia will I be given?
- How long will the surgery take?
- How long will the recovery take?
- What kind of improvement in vision can I expect after the surgery?