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Doctor insights on: How Long To Use Eye Drops After Cataract Surgery

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After cataract surgery will I always need eye drops?

After cataract surgery will I always need eye drops?

Drops after CE: After Cataract Extraction/surgery, we use steroid drops to decrease inflammation for about 2-6wks, antibiotics to prevent infection x 1wk, NSAID (nonsteroidal) every day for 4-6+wks depending on other risk factors (diabetes, etc) to avoid swelling in macula; after all drops done, usually only drops needed are artificial tears if dry eye sx; pts with glaucoma need drops for life usually.

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Cataracts (Definition)

Occurs whent here is a clouding (or change in protein composition) of the normally clear lens (which is located behind the pupil and iris) inside the eye. Cataracts are most commonly due to aging, but can be congenital (born with it), due to trauma or uveitis (eye inflammation). Can be worsened by long-term topical steroid ...Read more


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Should my friend be concerned about accumulation of fluid in her eye after cataract surgery? She believes the fluid may result from eye drops she's taking. Those are: bromday, predforte, and vigamox.

Should my friend be concerned about accumulation of fluid in her eye after cataract surgery? She believes the fluid may result from eye drops she's taking. Those are: bromday, predforte, and vigamox.

She: She needs to see her surgeon. In the vast majority of cases, there should be no issues like this. How come she can't get ahold of her surgeon? This makes no sense to me. It's a shame that you have to go online to ask this question for your friend instead of having her call her surgeon directly and resolving the issue in minutes. In my practice, all surgical patients are given my email and cell phone number. That is what I would want if I were the patient!

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After cataract surgery how long to use the eye protection?

Short term: Almost all cataract surgery is done under local; the eye protection is to cover the eye during the period when the anesthetic is still in effect to prevent accidentally poking the eye. It is not used to promote healing. By the next day after surgery, the cover will have been removed and with ordinary caution, the eye will heal nicely.

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How long will it take my eye to heal after cataract surgery so I can do the other one?

How long will it take my eye to heal after cataract surgery so I can do the other one?

Healing after cat Sg: Typically 2 to 3 weeks surgery in the other eye can be done as early as 3 days after the first one. There has been recent efforts to consider, bilateral cataract surgery in one setting. What precluded this in the past is the remote possibility of an infection in one eye, that could conceivably affect both eyes.

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If your eye is swollen after cataract surgery is that normal. How long is normal for it to be swollen? ??

If your eye is swollen after cataract surgery is that normal. How long is normal for it to be swollen? ??

Varies: Biological response to surgery varies but swelling of the tissue lasting more than 2-4 days after cataract surgery is unusual and requires evaluation. If this is happening, you should contact your operating surgeon for an evaluation, especially if there is pain, bleeding or redness or the vision is dropping.

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After cataract surgery, there is a red and watery eye and inflammatory fluormesolone drops was used for two was n it's ok now, but on 3rd wk, it's not?

After cataract surgery, there is a red and watery eye and inflammatory fluormesolone drops was used for two was n it's ok now, but on 3rd wk, it's not?

Cataract surgery may: Have prolonged or late onset inflammation in some individuals. If this occurs after the normal post-operative course of topical medications then an examination is needed to determine why this is occurring and treat the underlying cause. Though most commonly inflammation is the cause, rarely late onset infection may occur. Please follow with your Ophthalmologist for evaluation.

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Cipro (ciprofloxacin) eye drops safe after cataract surgery on 71 year old? Along with steroid drops? Is it ok not to use drops and not tell doc?

Cipro (ciprofloxacin) eye drops safe after cataract surgery on 71 year old? Along with steroid drops? Is it ok not to use drops and not tell doc?

Yes and mo: Yes it is safe to use both drops. And no it is not OK not to tell the doctor. If you have an infection after surgery for any reason then it could be a disaster. Your doctor have done a thousands of these operations and he prescribed all these medicines for a reason follow your doctor instructions

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Will it hurt eyes to vomit after cataract surgery?

Will it hurt eyes to vomit after cataract surgery?

Generally not: Most cataract surgery is done without stitches in a manner that increased internal pressure in the eye, such as that caused by coughing and vomiting, will only tighten the closure. If you have consistent vomiting, that should be checked out by your family doctor but check with the cataract surgeon first to rule out an eye cause for the vomiting such as bleeding or high pressure within the eye.

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How can I take care of the eye after cataract surgery?

Follow instructions: Your surgeon will give you detailed instructions, and usually they are given in writing too. You want to keep your hands away from your eyes, and take the antibiotic and steroid eyedrops as directed. More info: http://www.2020vision. Com/procedures_cataract_surgery. Html.

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Will it hurt my eye to fly 5 days after cataract surgery?

Will it hurt my eye to fly 5 days after cataract surgery?

No: As long as the surgery was routine and didn't require retinal surgery with the use of intraocular gases due to complications, flying is ok.

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Got soap in my eye after cataract surgery. What should I do?

Got soap in my eye after cataract surgery. What should I do?

Depends: On how far out from cataract surgery you are. If you are within one week of surgery, you have an increased risk for a serious infection inside the eye. If you have pain, redness or decreased vision, you need to contact your cataract surgeon right away.

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What is commonly used to heal the eye after cataract surgery did not go well?

What is commonly used to heal the eye after cataract surgery did not go well?

Get a second opinion: If you are not getting answers from your surgeon, obtain a second opinion from another cataract surgeon. Good luck.

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After cataract surgery saw straight line glow from lights in car console, at night, dark. Surg eye only. Concern? Line same angle even moved head.

After cataract surgery saw straight line glow from lights in car console, at night, dark. Surg eye only. Concern? Line same angle even moved head.

Glare, glow after CS: It is common to notice some "glow/lights" after cataract surgery. Most common cause of glare/your symptoms after Cataract Surgery: residual inflammation, cornea healing, capsule haze, glare from implant. See your eyeMD who will be able to determine cause, prognosis, treatment. More info: eyedoc2020.Blogspot. Com

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After cataract surgery. 48hr after I see a lot better but the objects, letters, numbers, people, etc, when I cover my eye they look skinny it is normal?

After cataract surgery. 48hr after I see a lot better but the objects, letters, numbers, people, etc, when I cover my eye they look skinny it is normal?

Different prescripti: Since you are comparing your eyes together (one that has just had cataract surgery and one that has not) the difference that you are noticing is the difference between each eyes prescription. When you are fully recovered from your surgery, your eye surgeon will refract your eyes and provide you with the new and correct prescription. This will neutralize the image differences.

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Eye sore and red 2 months after cataract surgery why?

Inflammation likely: The combination of symptoms and timing make rebound inflammation very likely. If you recently tapered off or stopped your steroid drop typically used after surgery, your inflammation may not have been completely cleared. If this is the case, the inflammation can resurge when the steroid is removed causing pain, soreness, and redness. See your doctor for evaluation and treatment. Good luck!

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Is it normal after cataract surgery for my eyes to be tired?

Yes: Patients commonly describe their eyes as feeling tired for the first few weeks after cataract surgery. This can be due to increased dryness in the postoperative period, a normal amount of postoperative inflammation, and mild external irritation from the eyedrops used after surgery. This symptom usually improves over the weeks following surgery.

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How soon can I fly after cataract surgery in both eyes?

Fly after CS: Most patients can fly right after cataract surgery (in an emergency); otherwise your eyeMD would want to see you 1day after & confirm you are ok to fly. Avoid bending, lifting, straining for 5-7days otherwise.

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Can you get a stigmatism after cataract surgery in the eye that had surgery?

Can you get a stigmatism after cataract surgery in the eye that had surgery?

Astigmatism: Astigmatism is basically due to an irregularity in the curvature of the cornea or lens. If the lens has been removed during cataract surgery you can still get astigmatism from the cornea.

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Will there be a sensation (pressure, aches, tingling, etc...) in the eyeball after cataract surgery has healed?

Usually not: Sometimes some scratchiness or dryness or itching after surgery but usually resolves. Aching if the pressure goes very high or can have symptomatic issues if have a complication which is usually rare.

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