What to Expect During Your Initial Cataract Visit


older couple 2Thank you for choosing Howerton Eye Clinic! We pride ourselves on delivering individual, personalized eye care to all patients from the moment they walk through our Kyle or Austin, TX door.

We know that getting started with a doctor can be a bit overwhelming. So we want to make sure your experience with the Howerton Eye Clinic is as easy as possible from the first visit. We have many eye treatments and eye surgeries available at our practice. To start with, one of our most popular services is cataract surgery. For a complete breakdown of everything you need to know about your initial cataract appointment, please continue reading below.

What is a Cataract? 

Before you begin planning your first cataract visit to our Kyle or Austin, TX office, it is important that you understand what a cataract is. A cataract is a gradual clouding of the eye’s natural lens. Your eye lenses are composed of protein and water. As you get older, the lenses’ proteins begin to stick together, creating cloudy clumps that impair your vision. Cataracts can cause a myriad of problems, such as:

  • Reduced Depth Perception
  • Difficulty Reading
  • Glares in Sunlight
  • Reduced Perception of Colors
  • Diminished Night Vision

During the Visit

Depending on your specific needs, your initial visit will last approximately one to two hours. During the visit our staff will record your medical history and information. Then we will perform several tests in order to get a complete picture of your ocular health. After the tests your eye doctor will discuss your results with you. At this time your eye doctor will also tell you what type of surgery is needed and which lens options are available to you.

Please Note —

During your initial cataract appointment we will dilate your pupils, which makes your eyes sensitive to light and distorts your vision. These effects are normal and usually subside within four to six hours after the appointment.

Please bring something to shield your eyes from the sun after the appointment, such as sunglasses or a wide-brimmed hat. While you can drive with dilated eyes, many patients choose to bring someone to drive them home. 

What to Bring  

When coming in for your first cataract surgery appointment, please bring:

  • Your current eyeglasses or contact lenses
  • Any previous eye exam records you may have
  • A complete list of medications you are taking (including natural remedies and vitamins)
  • All of your insurance information
  • Completed New Patient Forms

For Patients Who Wear Contact Lenses —

If you wear soft contact lenses, please stop wearing them seven days before your appointment at our Kyle or Austin, TX office. If you wear hard contact lenses, please discontinue wearing them fourteen days before your appointment.

Have More Questions?

If you have more specific questions regarding cataract surgery, please contact Latoya, our Surgical Coordinator, via e-mail at surgery@howertoneye.com. She would be happy to help you! If you have any general questions, or wish to schedule an appointment at our Kyle or Austin, TX office, please call us at (512) 746-0046.