On the day of surgery: Take all of your regular medications as directed after your surgery. Use the eye drops according to the following schedule after you get home. Please space all drops 10 minutes apart.
Zymaxid: You will receive another bottle of this in the hospital after your surgery. Use one drop at dinner time and one drop at bedtime.
Prednisolone acetate: You will receive this bottle at the hospital after your surgery. Use one drop at dinner time and one drop at bedtime.
Ketorolac: You will receive another bottle of this at the hospital after your surgery. Use one drop at dinner time and one drop at bedtime.
Erythromycin ointment: You may get a tube of this at the hospital after your surgery. Put the tube aside and save it. You do not need to use it.
You may watch TV and read if you wish. Resume your normal diet. Do not drive or operate any heavy machinery. Do not strain to lift (nothing over 10 pounds). Do not rub your eye. You may lightly dab the eye with a tissue if needed. Wear the protective shield when sleeping. You may wear your glasses if you choose. Some patients find they are light sensitive after surgery and you may wish to wear a pair of sunglasses outdoors.
Take 1-2 Tylenol tablets every 4-6 hours as needed for mild discomfort. Blurry vision, double vision, tearing, and a sandy feeling in the eye are very common in the first 24 hours after cataract surgery. Call the doctor if you have excessive pain not helped by Tylenol.
The day after surgery: Return to the office for your check with the doctor. Please bring your drops, your instructions, and your glasses with you to your appointment. Begin the following drop schedule:
Zymaxid: One drop four times a day for one week. Then stop.
Prednisolone acetate: One drop four times a day for one week. Then stop.
Ketorolac: One drop four times a day for one week, then one drop twice a day until the bottle is gone.
During the first week: Avoid getting soap in your eye. Avoid creams, lotions, and make-up around the eye that had surgery. You may shower, but avoid soaking the eye in water. Avoid rubbing the eye. Use a tissue or washcloth to gently remove tears or any discharge. Wear the eye shield when sleeping. Use moderation in your activities. Walking is okay. Do not lift anything over 10 pounds, swim, or play contact sports including tennis and racquetball. Use the eye drops as directed and return to the office for your second visit as scheduled.
During the second week: Make-up is now okay to use. You may now get the eye wet and may swim. Avoid rubbing the eye. Do not lift weights or engage in activities risking direct impact to your eye. You may stop using the shield. Use the eye drops as directed.
During the third and fourth weeks: Avoid rubbing the eye. You may resume all regular activities. Continue the eye drops as directed. Return to the office about four weeks after surgery for a dilated examination and a prescription check.
Call the office at 622-3185 if you have increased redness or discharge, pain unrelieved by Tylenol, decreased vision, or spots and flashing lights in your vision.