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How can you prepare for an intraocular lens implant (IOL)?

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To get you ready, your doctor will:

  • Measure your eye. This will help him pick the right implant for you.
  • Give you medicated eye drops to take for a few days ahead of time
  • Ask you to stop taking some medicines or to skip wearing contact lenses for several days beforehand

From: What Is an Intraocular Lens Implant? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus: “Intraocular Lens Implant (IOL).”

National Eye Institute: “Facts About Astigmatism,” “Facts About Cataract,” Facts About Retinal Detachment.”

American Foundation for the Blind: “Eye Health: Anatomy of the Eye,” “How is Cataract Surgery Performed?”

Prevent Blindness: “Cataract,” “Cataract Surgery,” “Getting Ready for Surgery.”

American Academy of Ophthalmology: “Intraocular Implants (IOLs),” “IOL Implants: Lens,” “New Lens, Same Brain: The Importance of Neuroadaptation,” “What Is Cataract Surgery?”

University of California, Los Angeles, Stein Eye Institute: “Accommodating IOLs,” “Multifocal IOLs.”

University of California, Irvine, Gavin Herbert Eye Institute: “Cataract Surgery.”

Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky on January 11, 2018

SOURCES:

American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus: “Intraocular Lens Implant (IOL).”

National Eye Institute: “Facts About Astigmatism,” “Facts About Cataract,” Facts About Retinal Detachment.”

American Foundation for the Blind: “Eye Health: Anatomy of the Eye,” “How is Cataract Surgery Performed?”

Prevent Blindness: “Cataract,” “Cataract Surgery,” “Getting Ready for Surgery.”

American Academy of Ophthalmology: “Intraocular Implants (IOLs),” “IOL Implants: Lens,” “New Lens, Same Brain: The Importance of Neuroadaptation,” “What Is Cataract Surgery?”

University of California, Los Angeles, Stein Eye Institute: “Accommodating IOLs,” “Multifocal IOLs.”

University of California, Irvine, Gavin Herbert Eye Institute: “Cataract Surgery.”

Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky on January 11, 2018

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