Cataract surgery at St. Joseph’s Hospital

St. Joseph’s Healthcare London has been at the forefront of caring for the body mind and spirit since 1869 st. Joseph’s Hospital part of the st. Joseph’s Healthcare London family is dedicated to discovering new in innovative ways to care for patients teaching the next generation and providing compassionate care in the spirit of our founders the sisters of st. Joseph for more than a century the Ivey Eye institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital is the main referral center for eye disease in southwestern Ontario and a world-renowned leader in Eye care diagnostics treatment and research Ivey Eye sees about 120,000 patient visits a year and specializes in retina care pediatric care general and ocular plastics neuro-ophthalmology cornea and cataracts glaucoma optometry and low-vision when you arrive at the hospital park in the parking garage on Grosvenor Street and enter through entrance one in zone a or entrance to which brings you into Zone B from the parking garage you can take the tunnel into st. Joseph’s Hospital by using the elevators in the northwest corner of the parking garage closest to richmond street and pressing level B please see the first page of your guide to surgery booklet for the location of your appointments and review the map on the last page you will be coming to st. Joseph’s Hospital for cataract surgery you will have a preoperative appointment such as an a- scan appointment or other tests prior to your scheduled surgery we ask that you fully review your cataract surgery booklet before arriving for your appointments please ensure you have a care provider with you for the day of your procedure who can also act as your driver you will also need someone with you for 24 hours following surgery as you recover generally a cataract should be removed when it interferes with your daily activities or when vision decreases below the driving standards of 20:50 surgery is the only way to remove a cataract the surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure after you register you will go through a series of steps before surgery including a review of your health information administration of I gel and an intravenous saline lock, gowning will not be necessary your vitals will be monitored throughout the procedure you remain fully awake throughout the surgery but you will be sedated to ensure you are relaxed as they prepare you for the procedure you will lie on a stretcher your i will be marked and your head placed in the proper position the opthamologist performs the surgery under a microscope a speculum is placed over the eye to keep it open during your cataract surgery your eye surgeon will make a small opening in your eye through this opening they will remove your cataract the cloudy lens with a machine designed to break the lens into small pieces the lens will be taken out by gentle suction the lens will be replaced with an artificial lens the opening made for surgery usually heals without stitches but in some cases very fine stitches may be needed the surgery itself only takes about 10 to 20 minutes for approximately 20 minutes after your surgery you will be monitored in our recovery room you will be provided a light snack and your follow-up appointment will be scheduled your eye surgeon will examine you on the same day or the next day after your surgery your eye will be shielded you may need a new prescription for glasses and you may also be prescribed antibiotics for the first 24 hours after surgery you may have slight discomfort including itching as well as bruising on your eye or eyelid this is normal please notify your eye surgeon if you feel pressure in your eye and anytime call your eye surgeons office immediately if you experience pain in the eye that is not relieved with medication prescribed by your eye surgeon sudden or progressive decrease of vision that is unexpected yellow discharge severe nausea and vomiting flashing lights the look of cobwebs and multiple floaters in front of the eyes if it is after office hours or a weekend or holiday please call St. Joseph switchboard at 519-661-6100 and ask for the eye resident on call to be paged alternatively you can go to an emergency department you will be provided with a one-week follow-up appointment it is very important that you keep this appointment refer to your cataract surgery booklet for more information on aftercare for your eye cataract surgery can help to improve your vision independence and quality of life at St. Josephs we strive to earn your complete confidence in the care we provide we need to make your journey of care the best it can be if you have any questions about your care please feel free to contact a member of your care team

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