General Information //
We are all born with a small clear lens within the eye. As adults this is about the size of an aspirin tablet and is situated behind the pupil. This lens plays an important role in focusing light onto the retina. Normal aging, underlying systemic diseases (i.e., diabetes) and some systemic medications, ocular inflammation, glaucoma, intraocular inflammation and previous ocular surgery or trauma may cause the clear lens to become cloudy and limit vision. Glasses or contact lenses may overcome a small portion of this when swelling of the lens is present, however, ultimately the opacification of the lens blocks a significant amount of light and interferes with day-to-day function. It is typically at this stage that an ophthalmologist or optometrist will suggest that you consider cataract removal. In some cases, when glaucoma, retina or corneal surgery is needed for another reason, your ophthalmologist, seeing that a cataract is already developing and is likely to progress as a consequence of the planned surgery and postoperative medications, will recommend that the cataract be removed at the same time as the other surgery.
Surgical Forms //
Once you have had your consultation and have been deemed a candidate for cataract surgery, below are the surgical forms for you to read and complete. Please use the pre-op checklist form (see below) to ensure you have read and completed the necessary forms. For any questions, please contact Elly, the surgical coordinator, at 248-350-1130, extension 304
Read, Print, Complete and Return