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Instructions After Cataract Surgery

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Congratulations! At the end of your procedure antibiotic and steroid drops were instilled in your operated eye. It is normal to have the following symptoms: Watering eyes & nose, light sensitivity, redness and swelling of eye, a foreign body sensation or the feeling that something is in your eye. Vision may be foggy like seeing under water. We recommend going home, relaxing and sleeping for rest of the day. Your eyes will feel most comfortable when closed. You mayshower and bathe in a tub but avoid getting any water or soap in the operated eye.

PAIN CONTROL – Tylenol, Advil or any non-aspirin analgesic can be taken.


  1. DO NOT RUB OR TOUCH YOUR EYES. Do not dab the eyes. Your eyes are numb after surgery. Let the tears come to your lips before wiping them away.
  2. Wear the sunglasses provided or equivalent whenever outside for 3 months afterwards.
  3. Wear your eye shield taped down at bedtime for 3 nights after surgery. This will prevent accidental rubbing while sleeping. When you get up from sleeping, if your eyes are difficult to open DO NOT force them open. Apply a warm compress for few minutes and gently try to again. If it’s still difficult, wait to see your doctor for him to open the eye.


All water activities such as swimming, hot tubs & scuba diving for 3 weeks.

Avoid direct sunlight & sunbathing especially for the first few weeks

Avoid touching the eye dropper bottle to your eye.

Drops to be started on same day after procedure when you get home

Antibiotic drop (what you began using before surgery)
Moxifloxacin / Gatifloxacin / Zymaxid / Vigamox / Besivance – Continue to use 1 drop 4 x a day for 7 days

Steroid drop
Prednisolone / Pred Forte – use 1 drops 4x a day for 7 days, then 3x a day for 7 days, then 2x a day for 7 days and 1x a day until finished
Durezol / Inveltys – use 1 drop 2x a day for 14 days and then 1 drop 1 x a day for 14 days

NSAID drop 
Ketorolac / Accuvail / Bromsite  –  use 1 drop 2x a day for 14 days or until finished
Ilevro – use 1 drop 1x a day for 14 days or until finished

COMBO drops – Continue to use 1 drop 4x a day for 7 days, then 3x a day for 7 days, then 2x a day for 7 days and then 1x a day until finished                                                                        
Note: Only 1 drop to be used at a time, wait 5 minutes in between drops if using more than 1 drop.
Please do not stop the drops without asking your doctor. Bring all drops to your visits.

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