It is normal for the eye to feel itchy or scratchy for a few days after surgery. It is normal for the vision to be blurry on the day of surgery. It typically improves over the first few days to weeks, although it takes six weeks for the vision to stabilize. Patients sometimes still need glasses for distance but usually always require glasses for reading. Patients are encouraged to wait six weeks before getting new glasses.
Three drops are required four times a day. It is recommended that you take the drops at breakfast, lunch, dinner and bedtime. You do not have to wake up in the middle of the night to take the drops. It is important to wait about 3 to 5 minutes between the drops, as if one is placed right after the others, then the first drop can get washed out and it is as if it was never applied.
The drop regimen is typically as below:
Prednisolone 1% or Pred Forte (This is a white bottle): 4 times a day for two weeks. Then 3 times a day for one week, then 2 times a day for one week, then once a day for one week and then stop. This is a steroid drop to reduce inflammation.
Zymar (This is the smallest bottle): 4 times a day for at least one week. It can be used longer, until the bottle is completed. This is an antibiotic drop to reduce the risk of infection.
Nevanac (Nepafenac): 4 times a day for one month, then stop. Nevanac belongs to the class of medications known as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). It works by reducing pain, swelling, and inflammation.
Sometimes, pressure drops are added, as often the pressure can be elevated post -surgery. Dr. Adatia will inform you if this is needed.