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My 80-year-old father just found out he needs cataract surgery. He is nervous about the surgery but also very upset because he has to see a primary care doctor for surgical clearance. Can you tell me what this surgical clearance exam is likely to consist of?
I am assuming that your father's quality of life has been compromised by poor vision due to the cataract. The clearance exam is necessary to be sure that his physical condition is good enough for the surgery. A physical exam is performed, and selected tests are ordered. In an 80-year-old, an EKG (an electrocardiogram test that checks for problems in the heart) and blood count would typically be required if they had not been performed recently, but specifics depend upon the institution/facility at which the surgery would be performed.
Answered by: Charles P. Wilkinson, MD
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