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Day of Cataract Surgery - Questions and Answers

What time is my surgery?

Surgical starting times vary. Your arrival time for surgery could be as early as 6:30 a.m. The day before surgery (Friday for Monday surgery, Tuesday for Wednesday surgery, Wednesday for Thursday surgery, or Thursday for Friday surgery) a nurse from the Surgery Center will call you with your exact arrival time. If you wish to call Dr. Raizman's staff earlier during the week prior to surgery, they will be able to give you an approximate arrival time.

How long will I be at the surgery center the day of my surgery?

Even though your operation itself may take less than 10 minutes, we require extra time for proper preoperative and postoperative care. You should plan to spend 3-4 hours at the Surgery Center. We are committed to providing the finest surgical care. You should commit the full day to your surgery and your recovery- all other activities should be postponed.

On the day of surgery, what should I wear?

You should wear a loose shirt or a shirt that buttons in front. Do not wear jewelry.

Will Dr. Raizman be doing my cataract surgery?

Dr. Raizman performs surgery on each and every patient. Surgical technicians and board-eligible fellows in ophthalmology assist Dr. Raizman during surgery and visiting doctors from all around the world frequently observe the surgery on TV monitors to learn from Dr. Raizman. However, all operations are done by Dr. Raizman.

Will I have pain with surgery?

No, eye surgery for the vast majority of Dr. Raizman's patients is pain-free. Most patients find the overall surgical experience to be pleasant.

Will stitches be used for my surgery?

The vast majority of Dr. Raizman's state-of-the-art cataract surgery is accomplished without stitches. Certain types of cataracts are best treated with the use of stitches and they are used when necessary. All glaucoma surgery patients have stitches that dissolve by themselves.

Is a laser used to remove my cataract?

No. It is a misconception that a laser is used to remove cataracts. Dr. Raizman uses ultrasound (sound waves) -- the latest in cataract surgical technology -- to gently dissolve the cataract and remove it from the eye through a tiny incision.

A laser is occasionally used months or years after cataract surgery to open the normal capsule of the eye that surrounds the implant. In about 25% of patients, this capsule gradually thickens through a normal healing process and slightly blurs the vision. This slight blurring can be corrected with a simple and painless laser procedure that takes only a few minutes.

Who helps with Anesthesia?

Board-certified anesthesiologists supervise your anesthesia. They have some of the most extensive experience with eye surgery in the country. Your surgery will be virtually pain-free.

Will my family be able to watch my surgery?

Your surgery will be transmitted by television camera to a special viewing area in the Surgery Center for your family to observe, if you and your family desire. Videotapes of the surgery are not available.

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