How to Prepare for Cataract Surgery


Please be on time.  If you are late, your surgery may be delayed or even cancelled.  Times are subject to change. 

Food & Drink

  • Eat and drink absolutely nothing after midnight the night before your surgery.  Food and drink taken before anesthesia can cause problems, such as choking and vomiting.
  • Do NOT use alcohol or your surgery may be cancelled.


  • If you take medication, it is your responsibility to call the nurses at the surgery center (916-239-3042)  the day before surgery.  A nurse will advise you as to which medications you should or should not take on the day of surgery.  This is very important, particularly if you are diabetic.
  • In the event that you need to discontinue any medication prior to your surgery date your surgeon will instruct you when to stop as well as when to restart the medication.

What to Wear

  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing to the surgery center.  Leave money, jewelry, and other valuables at home.
  • Do not wear any makeup.

Plan Ahead

  • Most surgeries involve local anesthetic with mild sedation, with an anesthesiologist monitoring your condition.  You will not be allowed to drive yourself home, so you must arrange for a responsible adult driver. Arrange for a responsible adult to stay with you the first night following surgery. Don’t forget to bring your photo ID,  insurance and/or Medicare identification cards with you. Expect to be at the surgery center at least 2-1/2 hours.  Most patients spend about 30 minutes in recovery.  However, depending on your condition, you may be in recovery for up to an hour.
  • After surgery, you will have specific instructions to follow to ensure the best possible chance for success.  Please keep all follow up appointments with your surgeon’s office.

We have tried to anticipate and answer all of your questions, but if we have not, please call us for further assistance at 916-239-2042.