Surgery FAQs


Scheduling Surgery

Having eye surgery can be stressful. There are quite a few steps involved in preparing for, completing, and healing from your surgery. With the experienced and professional staff of Boulder Eye Surgeons, we will help make your experience pleasant and memorable. Please call us at (303) 444-3000 or use the contact form to send us an email with any questions.

Before Surgery

Once you have discussed with your physician and have decided to proceed with eye surgery, Sharon or Julie will assist you with any insurance requirements or authorizations. In addition, in most cases, a pre-operative history and physical will need to be performed by your primary care physician. This is a frequent cause of delay in surgical scheduling so it is very helpful to call your primary care doctor and schedule an appointment as soon as possible.

Some surgeries also require medications both before and after surgery. Please see the appropriate section below for details regarding your specific surgery.

Day Of Surgery

With the exception of laser procedures, the use of light sedation requires you to have nothing to eat or drink for a minimum of 8 hours prior to your surgery start time. In addition, you will need a driver to drive you to and from the Foothills Surgery Center on the day of your surgery as well as the office appointment the day after. Nearly all eye surgeries are elective, so if you are ill please call to discuss. It may be appropriate to reschedule surgery.

After Surgery

In most cases, there should be no heavy exertion after surgery. In addition, water should be kept out of the eye and the eye should be protected. Eye drop instructions should be followed and follow-up exams are very important.

Specific Surgery Facts


In addition to the history and physical, pre-operative eye measurements need to be done in our office to calculate the proper lens implant power for your eye(s). If you are a contact lens wearer, it is critical to discontinue contact lens wear for at least 2 weeks prior to your measurements.


Recent advancements in cataract surgery technology have given patients many options and choices. From the options of laser surgery to premium lens implants, the myriad of options can get confusing. To better prepare you for cataract surgery and to allow you to make the most informed decision possible, Boulder Eye Surgeons has provided some informative videos to explain these options.


Femtosecond laser cataract surgery replaces the manual use of knives and needles with the precision, accuracy, and safety of laser surgery. Click here to learn more about laser cataract surgery.


Lens implant options include toric lenses to correct astigmatism as well as the accommodating Crystalens to provide a range of focus. Click here to learn more about premium cataract lens implants.


It is critical that you watch the above videos BEFORE having your eye measurements done in our office. That will allow you to ask any additional questions to your surgeon before deciding which options are best for you.


Blood thinners (i.e. aspirin, Coumadin, Plavix, Pradaxa) do NOT need to be stopped for cataract surgery. However, if you are taking Flomax (tamsulosin) for your prostate, it needs to be stopped for 3 weeks prior to your cataract surgery. Any medication which is stopped for cataract surgery will be able to be resumed within 1-2 days following your surgery but should be confirmed with your surgeon.


Eye drops are prescribed for cataract surgery. They are taken prior to surgery and for 3 weeks after surgery. Drop instruction sheets can be downloaded to the right.


Surgery for glaucoma includes laser (ECP), iStent, or trabeculectomy. Preparation for these surgeries is similar to that for cataract surgery, with the exception that all blood thinners need to be discontinued for 1 week prior to surgery. Please discuss with your primary care physician, cardiologist or another prescribing doctor prior to stopping any of these medications.


Usually, no preoperative medications are taken before surgery. Erythromycin ointment is often used for 3-7 days after surgery.


Selenium is usually taken for a few days before and for 1 month after surgery. In addition, antibiotic/steroid eye drops and ointment are taken after surgery for 10 days.


Most laser procedures do not require drops before or after surgery. However, some (i.e. YAG laser for narrow angles) require drops for a few days after surgery. We will instruct you regarding any drop requirements if you are having laser surgery.

Questions? Contact our office at (303) 444-3000 to schedule a consultation.