Cataract Instructions

Cataract Instructions2019-01-21T21:51:20+00:00

Before Surgery

Eye Drops

  • 2 days before your surgery, begin using Vigamox and Prolensa eye drops, which will be prescribed by your physician.
  • Vigamox (you may also be prescribed generics such as Ofloxacin, Moxifloxacin, or Gatafloxacin)
    • This is an antibiotic eye drop.
    • This medication has a tan top.
    • Take 1 drop of Vigamox or generic 4 times a day.
  • Prolensa (or generic Diclofenac / Ketorolac)
    • This is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory eye drop.
    • This medication has a grey top.
    • Take 1 drop of Prolensa or Ketorolac just before bed.
    • If you receive Diclofenac, take 4 drops spaced throughout the day.
    • Diabetics start Prolensa or generic 1 week beforehand as opposed to 2 days before.

Other Instructions

  • Space eye drops 5 minutes apart.
  • Do not touch the tip of the bottles with your finger, to your face, or eye.
  • Do not eat or drink anything 8 hours before your surgery.
  • Expect to be at the surgery facility for 3-4 hours.
  • You MUST have someone take you home after surgery.

Day of Surgery

  • Unless otherwise instructed by your Doctor, take your usual medications with a small amount of water. DO NOT eat or drink anything else.
  • Pause any diabetic medication.
  • Bring your eye drops + lists of medications you are taking to the Surgery Facility.

After Surgery

Eye Drops

  • Vigamox (you may also be prescribed generics such as Ofloxacin, Moxifloxacin, or Gatafloxacin)
    • This is an antibiotic eye drop.
    • This medication has a tan top.
    • Take 1 drop of Vigamox or generic 4 times a day for one week.
  • Prolensa (or generic Diclofenac / Ketorolac)
    • This is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory eye drop.
    • This medication has a grey top.
    • Take 1 drop of Prolensa or Ketorolac just before bed for 30 days.
    • If you receive Diclofenac, take 2 drops for 30 days.
    • Diabetics take Prolensa or generic for 6 weeks.
  • Durezol or Prednisolone Acetate 1%
    • These are steroid drops.
    • These medications have either pink or white tops.
    • You will be prescribed one or the other.
    • If you are prescribed Durezol:
      • Take 1 drop, 2 times a day, for 2 weeks.
      • THEN take 1 drop, 1 time a day, for 1 week.
    • If you are prescribed Prednisolone Acetate 1%:
      • Take 1 drop, 4 times a day, for 2 weeks.
      • THEN take 1 drop, 2 times a day, for 1 week.
      • THEN take 1 drop, 1 time a day, for 1 week.

Other Instructions

  • Wear the shield at bedtime for 2 weeks after surgery on your operative eye. DO NOT RUB YOUR EYES.
  • No heavy exercise + lifting more than 20 lbs for 2 weeks. Walking is ok.
  • No bending with the head below the waist for 2 weeks.
  • Avoid water in the eyes. No swimming / Jacuzzi for 3 weeks after surgery.
  • No air travel for 7-10 days after surgery.
  • You can take a sponge bath for the first 3 days. After 3 days you can shower.
  • You may experience blurred vision in your operative eye for a few days or more.
  • Call us ASAP if you have a sudden decrease in vision, flashes, floaters, or serious pain with redness.
Contact us
(310)-829-5475
1908 Santa Monica Boulevard, #3
Santa Monica, CA 90404
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