Surgery Preparation


Dr. Remis performs his cataract surgeries at North Shore Medical Center/Salem Hospital located at 81 Highland Ave. Salem, MA 01970.  Cataract surgery is done on an outpatient basis.


You will be required to come into the office for a pre-operative appointment.  At this time, Dr. Remis will measure you for the lens that will replace the cataract.  We will try to schedule that appointment as soon as possible.

You will be required to see your physician for a physical examination within 30 days before your surgery.  Please have the PHYSICAL EXAMINATION FORM filled out at the time of your appointment.  (This form can be found on the website under PATIENT FORMS.)  The hospital MUST have the form in order for you to have your surgery.

The Surgical Center at the North Shore Medical Center conducts a phone screen prior to your surgery.  It is very important to be available during your scheduled phone screen appointment.  At this time, they will go over all your medical history and medications.  If the time is assigned to you is not convenient, please let our office staff know as soon as possible, so it may be rescheduled.  You may receive 3-4 phone calls prior to your surgery.  Please have all medications and insurance information ready.

The night before the surgery try to go to bed early.  Patients are not allowed to have anything to eat or drink after 12:00 midnight, the night prior to their scheduled surgery.  Take no oral medications after midnight.


The surgical scheduler will contact you regarding the date and time of arrival to the hospital.  Please make arrangements for transportation to and from the facility.  You will not be allowed to use a TAXI service.


It is normal to have some fluctuating vision and mild discomfort after surgery.  Statistics show that your chance of a good outcome and sharper vision after surgery are excellent.  Normal activity can be resumed immediately, except heavy labor and lifting.  Please do not drive on the day of the surgery or the following two days. A list of DO and DON’Ts can be found under PATIENT FORMS on the website titled POST-SURGICAL EYE CARE.


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