• Eye Institute, Al. Niepodległości 18, 02-653 Warsaw, Poland
  • Mon to Fri - 8:00 am to 8:00 pm, Sat Fri - 8:00 am to 4:00 pm


Before Cataract Surgery

How to Prepare for Cataract Surgery?


Once you and your ECP have determined that you are a good candidate for cataract surgery, you will receive instructions on how to prepare for the procedure.5 Your ECP’s instructions may include the following:

  • Take at least two days off work for the procedure and one day to recover before resuming a regular work schedule.
  • The entire process from check-in to check-out should last approximately three hours. You may also need driving assistance the following day to pick up post-operative medications and to make a follow-up exam.
  • Eat only a light breakfast or skip eating before the procedure, depending on your ECP’s advice. As a general rule, patients are asked to refrain from alcoholic beverages for at least 24 hours prior to surgery.
  • Shower and wash hair on the day of the surgery to help maintain a clean surgical environment. Patients should also wear clean, comfortable clothes, and avoid wearing eye make-up.

Ask Your Eye Doctor before surgery

• How advanced are my cataracts?
• What are my treatment options?
• What are the different types of intraocular lenses (IOLs)?
• Which IOL is best for me and why?
• How much does cataract surgery cost?
• What is the surgical procedure like?
• Who will perform the actual surgical procedure? You r another surgeon?
• How long does the procedure take?
• What risks should I be aware of?
• Will I need medicines prescribed before or after the procedure?