Before Cataract Procedure Appointment Dates/Times



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Patient Education Information Sheet

North Florida/South Georgia


Veterans Health System (NF/SGVHS)

The Villages OPC


Before Cataract Procedure
Appointment Dates/Times:
Will be given to you by our clerical staff.

3 Days Before Your Eye Procedure:

Start Eye drops on Eye to be operated on

  1. Tan top drops (Moxifloxacin) 1 drop four times per day. (This is an antibiotic to help avoid infection)

  2. Grey top drops (Ketorolac) 1 drop four times per day. (This is a non-steroidal to keep the swelling down)

It is very important to take these eye drops as ordered to help get your eye ready for the procedure.
Night Before Eye Procedure

No eating or drinking after 12 midnight. You may take medications with sips of water


On the Day of Eye Procedure:

Be there 1 hour before your appointment time. This is to get you ready for the procedure.
START EYE MEDICATIONS on the Eye to be operated on as follows:

1 hour before leaving home

  1. Red top dilating drops cyclopentolate, place 2 drops in eye and wait 2 minutes

  2. Red top dilating drops phenylephrine, place 2 drops in eye


30 minutes before leaving home

  1. Red top dilating drops cyclopentolate, place 2 drops in eye and wait 2 minutes

  2. Red top dilating drops phenylephrine, place 2 drops in eye


Immediately before leaving home to come to clinic for your eye procedure

  1. Red top dilating drops cyclopentolate, place 2 drops in eye and wait 2 minutes

  2. Red top dilating drops phenylephrine, place 2 drops in eye




  1. Hygiene: You may take a bath or shower the morning of procedure. Wear a button down shirt and clean loose clothing. Shaving and brushing your teeth are fine. Do Not Wear Makeup on the day of procedure it poses a hygiene risk.




  1. If you have Glaucoma, you can take your Glaucoma Eye Drops the same as usual unless instructed not to.




  1. If you are diabetic, do not take your Diabetic pills or insulin on the day of the test. Diabetics will be scheduled early in the day.




  1. All Other Medications: Please take all other medications as you normally would with sips of water unless instructed not to. Anti-coagulants (blood thinners) such as coumadin, aspirin, or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (like Motrin) may be taken.




  1. Inhalers: If you use an inhaler(s), please bring them with you.




  1. Hearing Aids and Dentures must be worn.




  1. Valuables: Do not bring jewelry or valuables with you to procedure. You will only need your VA card.



  1. Driving: You must bring a responsible adult with you to drive you home afterwards. Patients may not drive to the procedure or drive home after procedure.


Steroid White top drops (Prednisolone Acetate 1%) are issued at the same time as the eye drops above but do not start them until you are told by the Doctor.
Contact: Please call us at (352) 674-5000, option 6, Triage Nurse with any questions or concerns.


VGroup 3isit your NF/SGVHS Internet site at:



http://www.northflorida.va.gov


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