Information for Your Pre-Operative Cataract Consultation


If this information sparks any new questions or concerns, be sure to bring those up at your Consultation. We want to provide you with all of the information you need to make an informed decision about your vision improvement options.

Thank you for scheduling a Cataract Consultation at The Witlin Center.

Our entire team is dedicated to providing you with the highest quality eye care possible in a pleasant, efficient and friendly atmosphere.

This page has been created to help streamline your Cataract Consultation appointment and introduce you to our practice. If you have any questions before your Consultation or need to reschedule your appointment, please contact our office at (732) 698-9300. We look forward to meeting you soon!


Please download, fill out and bring the New Patient forms to your Consultation.

If you prefer, you may fill them out online instead.

Laser Surgery Vs. Traditional Cataract Surgery: Things You Should Know

What to Expect at your Cataract Consultation

Items to bring with you:

  • Completed New Patient paperwork
  • Provide your insurance card and picture ID
  • A calendar – you will have the opportunity to meet with a friendly Surgery Coordinator during this appointment to schedule your surgery

The Cataract Consultation visit will take about 3 hours, so please plan accordingly. Your eyes will be dilated during your visit, so please bring someone to drive you home. As part of your exam, we will perform a series of tests, possibly including a refraction and a topography test. These tests are required for surgery and billed to insurance but may not be completely covered by insurance, so you will be responsible for these charges.

When to Stop Wearing Contact Lenses

Contacts reshape the surface of the cornea and may interfere with the final outcomes of your surgical procedure.

If you wear regular soft, non toric contact lenses you will need to take them out at least 2 weeks prior to your Consultation and before your procedure.

If you wear hard, gas permeable or toric contact lenses, you will need to take them out at least 3 weeks prior to your Consultation and your procedure.


During cataract surgery your cloudy lens is removed from your eye and replaced with a permanent intraocular lens.

New technology and surgical advancements have made cataract surgery a virtually painless, outpatient procedure.


We offer both basic and laser-assisted cataract surgery options. Our staff and doctors will take time to explain each option in detail and will make recommendations on the best option for you.

Basic cataract surgery involves the use of a hand-held blade to make a corneal incision, create an opening in the lens capsule and a phacoemulsification ultrasound energy process to fragment and remove the lens.

Bladeless laser-assisted cataract surgery is performed with the VICTUS® femtosecond laser platform. This technology allows our doctors to automate some of the most challenging steps of cataract surgery, providing customized, precise and gentle options for cataract removal. Lasers can be used to create the corneal incision and fragment and remove the cloudy lens. Treatment is based on a 3-dimensional map of your unique eye that is created for your customized treatment plan. This process takes less energy and time to remove the cloudy lens.

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During your Cataract Consultation, you will meet with a doctor to review your options in further detail, discuss your visual goals, and ask any questions you may have.

The doctor will also discuss their best recommendations for you based on your testing results and your personal needs.