How to Prepare for Cataract Surgery

If you have a cataract, you and your eye care provider will decide when is the best time to move ahead with cataract surgery. Ask your optometrist and ophthalmologist about your questions regarding cataract surgery.

Last Updated: March 27, 2023

Here are some tips to consider leading up to the day of the surgery:

  1. It is important to maintain good eye health before undergoing cataract surgery. Your optometrist may recommend eyelid hygiene and dry eye treatments. These precautions have shown to improve comfort and vision after surgery.1
  2. Generally, a consultation appointment is set up prior to the surgery. Discuss risks, different lens implant options and your vision needs with the cataract surgeon. Ask any questions or concerns you may have.
  3. Measurements of the eye will be made prior to surgery.
  4. Let your optometrist and ophthalmologist know of any medical conditions you have, such as diabetes and high blood pressure.
  5. Provide your optometrist and ophthalmologist with a list of medications you take.
  6. You may be instructed to stop taking certain medications before or on the day of the surgery.
  7. You may be asked to use eye drops before the surgery.
  8. You may be asked to fast before the surgery.
  9. Arrange to take the day off from work on the day of the surgery.
  10. Arrange for a ride home on the day of the surgery.
  11. On the day of the surgery:
    – Bring your health card
    – Bring other insurance cards you may have
    – Bring sunglasses
    – Do not wear eye makeup
    – Do not wear contact lenses
    – Make sure you leave with the necessary post-surgery instructions


  1. Epitropoulous AT et al. The effect of tear osmolarity on repeatability of keratometry for cataract surgery planning. J Cataract Refract Surg. 2015;41(8):1672-1677.


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