Day of Surgery: Take it easy. Take all of your regular medications as directed. Resume your eye drops in the eye that had surgery on the following schedule. Please space all drops 15 minutes apart. You may use the drops in any order.
Zymaxid: Use one drop around 5 pm and one drop before bedtime.
Prednisolone acetate 1%: You will receive this bottle at the hospital. Shake well before use. Place one drop in the eye around 5 pm and one drop before bedtime.
Ketorolac: You will receive an extra bottle at the hospital. Place it aside to use after you finish the bottle you used before surgery. Place one drop in the eye around 5 pm and one drop before bedtime.
You may watch TV and read if you wish. Resume your normal diet. Do not drive or operate any heavy machinery on the day of surgery. Do not strain to lift (nothing over 20 pounds). Do not rub your eye. You may lightly dab the eye with a tissue if needed. Keep the protective eye shield in place overnight. It may be removed in the morning. You may wear it at night for the next week if you feel more comfortable doing so, but use is optional. 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 not unusual in the first 24 hours after cataract surgery. Close your eyes and rest them if needed. Call the office if you have serious discomfort. It is not unusual for the eye to be red immediately after surgery.
The day after surgery: Remove the eye shield. Use your eye drops as instructed. Return to the office for your check with the doctor. Please bring your drops with you to your appointment. If you would like the lens in your old glasses to be removed in the optical shop, bring your glasses along.
Space all drops 15 minutes apart. You may use the drops in any order.
Zymaxid: Use one drop four (4) times a day for the next six (6) days. Then stop.
Prednisolone Acetate: Shake well before use. Use the drop four (4) times a day for the next six (6) days. Then stop.
Ketorolac: Place one drop four (4) times a day for the next six (6) days. Then decrease to one drop twice a day until both bottles are empty.
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 or bathe, but avoid immersing the eye in water. Avoid rubbing the eye. Use a tissue or washcloth to gently remove tears or any discharge. Use moderation in your activities: walking, running, and golf are fine. Do not lift anything over 20 pounds, swim, or engage in contact sports, including tennis and racquetball.
Use the eye drops as directed above, 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 resume sexual activity.
Continue the use of Ketorolac drops twice a day.
During the third to sixth weeks: Avoid rubbing the eye. You may resume all regular activities as tolerated. Continue the Ketorolac drops twice a day until both bottles are empty. Return to the office about four weeks after surgery for a dilated examination and a prescription check.
Call the office at (207) 622-3185 if you have increased redness or discharge, pain unrelieved by Tylenol, decreased vision, or spots and flashing lights in your vision.