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Instructions After Cataract Surgery

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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 or take a bath but avoid getting any water or soap in the operated eye(s).

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

SPEED HEALING –

  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 your own sunglasses 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.
  4. 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 again. If it’s still difficult, wait to see your doctor for him to open the eye.

              PLEASE AVOID –

  1. All water activities such as swimming, hot tubs & scuba diving for 3 weeks.
  2. Avoid direct sunlight & sunbathing especially for the first few weeks
  3. Avoid touching the eye dropper bottle to your eye.
  4. Do not stop drops without asking the doctor first, make sure to wait 2 minutes in between drops

Eye Drop Instructions:

TYPENAMEEYE (S)TIMES TO TAKE
AntibioticMoxifloxacin Gatifloxacin
Zymaxid
Vigamox
Right/Left/BothMoxifloxacin / Gatifloxacin / Zymaxid / Vigamox  – Continue to use 1 drop 4 x a day for 7 days
SteroidPrednisolone
Pred Forte
Durezol
Inveltys
Right/Left/BothPrednisolone / Pred Forte – 1 drop 4x a day for 7 days
Then 3x a day for 7 days
Then 2x a day for 7 days
Then 1x a day for 7 days  

Durezol / Inveltys – 1 drop 2x a day for 14 days
Then 1 drop 1 x a day for 14 days
NSAIDKetorolac
Accuvail
Bromsite
Ilevro  
Right/Left/BothKetorolac / Accuvail / Bromsite – use 1 drop 2x a day for 14 days  

Ilevro – use 1 drop 1x a day for 14 days
Combo  Yellow Cap bottle purchased in officeRight/Left/Both1 drop 4x a day for 7 days
Then 3x a day for 7 days
Then 2x a day for 7 days
Then 1x a day for 7 days                                    

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