Clinical Review

Feasibility of Same-Day Postoperative Evaluation Following Phacoemulsification With Intraocular Lens Implantation at a Veterans Health Administration Teaching Hospital

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Postoperative care for patients who undergo cataract surgery is typically 3 postoperative visits within the first month following surgery with the first visit 1 to 2 days after surgery.(1,2) At Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital, postoperative examinations following phacoemulsification with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation are typically performed at postoperative day 1, postoperative week 1, and postoperative month 1 to monitor the patient for development of secondary complications. Using this strategy, clinicians have patients return to the eye clinic within 1 day following surgery. Recently, the standard postoperative schedule has been challenged.(1-5)


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