First Day After surgery
Driving after surgery
Eye Drops After surgery
Impact of diabetes
Do's and Don'ts
The good news is that diabetic cataract surgery is just like standard cataract removal with a couple of special steps in the preparation, timing, and post-operative protections.
Diabetic cataracts tend to come on at a slightly younger age. They increase suddenly especially with fluctuation of the Blood Sugar levels.Having said that, it is not harder to remove diabetic cataracts.
Some patients with diabetic cataracts develop swelling in the centre of their retina called Diabetic Macular Edema. If this is detected in your preoperative visit, then your eye surgeon will likely postpone your surgery for a while so you will have time to visit the retinal specialist to have this treated and under control before the surgery.
If you have any active infections in your body, then it is wise to alert your eye doctor and to have those treated and well controlled prior to your diabetic cataract surgery.
When the Diabetologist feels you are stable for surgery, we can proceed. On the actual day of the procedure there are some special considerations because of your blood sugars.
We try to schedule those with diabetes as the first few cases of surgery so we can help you return to a normal eating schedule as quickly as possible. We check your urine and if needed blood sugar soon after arriving at the surgical centre and can make adjustments in medications.
We ask our patients with diabetic cataracts to start taking anti-inflammatory drops prior to their cataract surgery and then to continue them for two months after surgery. This is to decrease the chance of inflammation and swelling from the surgery reaching the back of your eye to cause Macular Edema (DME).
It is important to consider both your cataract and your diabetes as we plan for your cataract removal. We want to make your diabetic cataract removal as successful and safe as possible so you can have great vision. Ensuring the proper planning and protection of your vision is well worth the time you spend to put everything in your favour for your cataracts and diabetes.
If we can answer any further questions about diabetic cataract, please send us a note or schedule a time to meet us at our office.