Having a consultation that includes a thorough eye health screening before cataract surgery is essential for a proper diagnosis, treatment plan, and successful outcome.
What Can You Expect at a Cataract Consultation?
A consultation will help us evaluate your general eye health, and determine if cataracts are the primary cause of your decreased vision. It can include specialized tests to determine if you are a candidate for cataract surgery, and what your visual potential is. Dr. Besser will answer all your questions about postoperative visual recovery, and discuss expectations and options for living independently from glasses. During your visit, we’ll also discuss any other procedures or surgeries that are best suited for your needs.
During the cataract consultation, we’ll complete a comprehensive eye exam looking clinically at all the structures of the eye. Once we’ve determined you are a good candidate for surgery, and the rest of your eye is healthy, you’ll return for a follow-up visit for specialized diagnostic testing.
We'll also have an in-depth conversation with your eye doctor to determine which intraocular lens will lead to the most successful outcome for you.
By learning your unique goals, needs, lifestyle, and vision expectations, we can create a thorough preoperative plan. Our top priority will then be to maximize the surgery’s capacity to improve your quality of life.
What Your Cataract Surgery Consultation Will Entail
We’ll begin the cataract consultation by reviewing your family medical history, if you wear corrective lenses, and what medications you currently take. This information helps us to better craft a treatment plan unique to you.
A standard vision test in which you’ll read the standardized eye chart so we can determine how well you see at various distances.
The doctor will shine a bright light beam through your pupils to evaluate how they respond to light.
Side Vision / Peripheral Vision
Loss of side vision can be a symptom of glaucoma, but sometimes realizing some of it is lost is not that easy. This test is critical to detecting side vision loss you may not yet be aware of.
The ocular motility test evaluates the movement of your eye. We’ll measure your eyes and their ability to move quickly and track slow objects in all directions.
This test is also part of any cataract consultation we perform. What it does is basically measure intraocular eye pressure, or IOP. Elevated IOP is associated with glaucoma. Unfortunately, patients are often asymptomatic until the late stages of the disease when loss of vision occurs.
It is, therefore, important to monitor IOP during wellness exams. We put numbing drops in the eye and use a special instrument to gently check the pressure.
Front Section Of Eye
Cataracts can be found via this test that evaluates the front section of the eye. A microscope called a slit lamp is used to illuminate the eyelids, cornea, iris, and lens to determine if you’re developing cataracts or have scars or scratches on your cornea.
Retina And Optic Nerve
During your cataract consultation the doctor will dilate your eye with drops if you have any preexisting eye medical condition, or you need to monitor for signs of disease. This allows the eye specialist to properly examine your retina and optic nerve for signs of damage or any or any other issues.