Appointments at our office before surgery + necessary paperwork. Both eyes are measured at the same time.
Comprehensive dilated exams allow us to properly grade the level of severity of cataracts.
Your eyes will be dilated, a glare test will be performed, and your glasses prescription will be measured. A V14 Visual Function Questionnaire will be given as required by insurance to measure how changes in vision affect daily activities.
If it is determined that your cataracts are visually significant a new glasses prescription will not be released as it will change immediately after surgery.
If you have significant dry eye or eyelid inflammation it could complicate the outcome of cataract surgery. If this appointment is necessary, it will have been discussed at your initial evaluation.
This visit will determine the condition of your ocular surface compared to your initial evaluation. Improvement in inflammation will ensure a lower chance of infection after surgery.
You will receive the following in the mail before surgery:
If you wear contact lenses do not wear them for two weeks prior to your pre-op appointment.
Please make sure that our front desk staff have your appropriate phone, email, address, and insurance on file so that the surgery center can expedite your registration.
Be on the look out for contact from the surgery center. The procedure cannot be performed until you make contact with them.
At this appointment you will:
Appointments required by the surgery center. Each eye requires a separate covid test and surgery date.
Regardless of vaccination status all surgical patients will need to have a PCR covid test 4 days prior to their surgery.
We offer this service at our office the Friday before Surgery from 9:00 - 10:00 am. We will measure your vital signs one last time before the surgery center, answer any questions, and sign any last-minute paperwork.
You will pick up the following at your covid test:
The charge nurse will call you to go over last minute information and to give you your surgery and arrival times at the surgery center.
You will arrive at the surgery center, have the procedure, and go home. Take the drops that morning and again once you get home. Continue your regular drop schedule (4 times per day while awake).
Appointments at our office following surgery. Each eye requires their own set of post-op appointments.
Vision may be a bit blurry and you may experience mild discomfort such as a sandy, gritty feeling and watering. We will check the wound, eye pressure, and your vision.
Please bring your drops to this appointment.
Vision may be a bit blurry if you have uncorrected astigmatism and you may continue to experience mild discomfort such as a sandy, gritty feeling and watering.
We will check the wound, eye pressure, and your vision. If both eyes have had surgery we will finalize your glasses prescription with our in-house Optometrist at this time.
Vision should be stabilized by this time. Discomfort should have diminished unless you have underlying or untreated dry eye or blepharitis.
Your eyes will be dilated and your eye pressure will be checked at this visit. We will determine frequency of visits for routine eye care moving forward at this visit.
This process is subject to change.
The following questionnaires help both the insurance carrier approving prior authorization and the clinical staff and Dr. Swedberg determine the best options for optimal vision correction after surgery.
The following files are available for review (and download) for patients to become acquainted with necessary information prior to their Surgery Counseling appointment.
Per the Washington State Health Department masks are still required to be worn by all patients and staff regardless of CDC recommendations.
Since we perform exams in close proximity we appreciate all patients wearing their masks appropriately for the entirety of their visit to protect our staff and families.