It is normal for the eye to feel sore after surgery. Over the first few days this will greatly improve. It is okay to take Tylenol for discomfort.
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 one month. 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.
Cyclopentolate 1% (This is a red cap bottle): 4 times a day for one month, then stop. This is a dilating drop which can reduce the pain from inflammation due to iris movement.
Sometimes, pressure drops are added, as often the pressure can be elevated post -surgery. Dr. Adatia will inform you if this is needed.