All you need to know for your first visit to SpaMedica
Your pre-operative assessment is the first appointment you’ll attend at SpaMedica. We’ll carry out some non-invasive eye tests and a thorough eye check to confirm that cataract surgery is the right treatment for you. You should expect your appointment to last for about 2 hours, which includes 40 minutes to allow your pupils to dilate – see below for more information.
Dilating the eyes causes blurred vision and sensitivity to light, meaning that you won’t be able to drive to or from your appointment, so it’s important to arrange a lift with someone you know. If you’re struggling to find anyone who’s available to take you, SpaMedica provides 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.
Please feel free to ask the nurse and/or optometrist at your pre-operative appointment any questions you have about your surgery.
You’ll need to bring your glasses (if you wear them), a list of your current medications, record book (if you’re diabetic or taking blood-thinning medication) and a contact number for a relative/friend. If you wear contact lenses, these should not be worn for at least 48 hours before your appointment.
We hope this tells you everything you need to know about your pre-operative assessment, so you know exactly what to expect on the day.
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