What eye drops are safe to use after cataract surgery?
The following drops should be applied to your operated eye only, starting the morning after surgery. Chloramphenicol One drop, four times Antibiotic (store in fridge) a day for 2 weeks, then stop. Dexamethasone One drop, four times Anti- (Maxidex) a day for 4 weeks, inflammatory then stop.
Can you use over the counter eye drops after cataract surgery?
Yes, you may certainly resume taking your regular artificial tears, but don’t use them right after putting in your eye medications. Artificial tears are a lubricant used for comfort, and can be purchased over the counter at any pharmacy without a prescription (because they contain no medication).
What happens if you don’t use eye drops after cataract surgery?
If someone didn’t use their eye drops the best-case scenario would be that their eyes would take longer to heal, and may develop some scarring tissue. The worst-case scenario would be an infection – one that could end in loss of eyesight if not caught quickly.
Why do eyes hurt 2 weeks after cataract surgery?
Although increased IOP after cataract surgery—especially in the immediate postoperative period—is a potential cause of pain, I have found that the most common cause of postoperative pain is drying of the ocular surface from the preservatives in perioperative drops, exposure during surgery, and wound creation.
How long does it take for cataract surgery to completely heal?
Often, complete healing occurs within eight weeks. Contact your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following: Vision loss. Pain that persists despite the use of over-the-counter pain medications.
Is it normal for eye to feel gritty after cataract surgery?
It is normal for the eye to appear red, feel gritty and itchy for a while after cataract surgery. Some clear fluid discharge is common. After a week, even mild discomfort should disappear. In most cases, healing will take between 2 and 6 weeks.
Does it feel like something is in your eye after cataract surgery?
Discomfort/feeling that something is in the eye
Many people complain that they feel like there is sand in the eye or that the eye feels scratchy after surgery. This is a normal sensation caused by the small incision in your eye, and it should heal within a week or so.
How long after cataract surgery can you use regular eye drops?
After cataract surgery, the risk of eye inflammation lasts longer than the risk of eye infection. Patients can expect to use their anti-inflammatory eye drops for three to six weeks after surgery. In some cases, the anti-inflammatory eye drops will need to be used longer than that.
Why does my eye keep watering after cataract surgery?
Small dry spots form, and these exposed areas of the eye surface become slightly irritated. This may cause a reflex watering to occur. These watery, runny tears rinse the eye surface, but do not lubricate it.
Why is my near vision worse after cataract surgery?
The “big 3” potential problems that could permanently worsen vision after cataract/IOL surgery are: 1) infection, 2) an exaggerated inflammatory response, and 3) hemorrhage. Fortunately, these are quite rare nowadays, occurring less than 1% of the time.
Is it normal to see edge of lens after cataract surgery?
Arc. This is the patient perceiving the edge of the IOL, which usually only happens at night. It’s a common complaint and rarely a serious problem if you tell patients that seeing an occasional arc is normal. It usually resolves over time—especially if the capsule overlaps the IOL edge.
What should I watch after cataract surgery?
Symptoms to watch for after cataract surgery
- Vision loss.
- Pain that persists despite the use of over-the-counter pain medications.
- Light flashes or multiple spots (floaters) in front of your eye.
- Nausea, vomiting or excessive coughing.