What to expect at your post-op appointment
Many patients describe their cataract surgery as a positive and life-changing experience. Their vision is greatly improved, it’s helped with their confidence and independence, and they’re once again enjoying vibrant colours that they can now see clearly.
After your cataract surgery, there’s just one final step on your patient journey – your post-operative consultation/appointment.
Your post-op consultation will be booked at either your optician’s practice or a SpaMedica clinic.
The purpose of your post-op appointment is to check your eye health and test your vision following surgery. Several eye tests will be conducted, with your appointment lasting approximately 20 – 30 minutes (dilation maybe required).
Dilating the eyes causes blurred vision and sensitivity to light, meaning you won’t be able to drive, so it’s important to make sure you organise a lift or arrange transport to/from your appointment at the hospital or your local optician.
If you’re having your post-operative appointment at a SpaMedica hospital, we offer free transport for some patients, based on your location and other criteria – if you’re struggling to find transport, please speak to a member of our referrals team to see if you qualify for free transport.
If you’re having your post-operative consultation at your local optician’s, you’ll need to arrange your own transport to and from your appointment.
Time to enjoy a clearer, brighter future!
If you’re having your post-op consultation at your local optician practice, it’s likely to follow a similar format to the process described above.
We’ve prepared a short video which shows you what to expect:
Your drops should last for the prescribed course. If you do run out, please contact us, and we’ll supply you with more drops.
You wear an eye shield following surgery on your surgery day and sleep with this on, that night, as well. You should take this off in the morning when you get up – the eye shield should then be thrown away, as it is not needed again.
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