Most people learn they have cataracts after a routine eye exam from their eye doctor. This is usually followed by a visit to an ophthalmologist. Ophthalmologists are eye doctors who are trained to perform eye surgery.
The ophthalmologist will perform a series of tests and measurements as well as ask you about your medical history. Certain health conditions such as diabetes, glaucoma or age-related macular degeneration can complicate cataract surgery.
You don’t necessarily need surgery as soon as you discover that you have cataracts. Cataracts can often be managed for years with glasses or contact lenses before they start to inhibit your lifestyle. Your doctor can help you determine when it becomes appropriate.
Planning for the Surgery
Most people need about 24 hours to recover after the surgery, so remember to plan around any work conflicts you may have. You will also not be able to drive for that period, so ask someone to drive you to and from the procedure.