Epiretinal Membrane Surgery Post-Operative Instructions
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:
Lotemax (Pink Cap): 4 times a day for one month. 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.
Prolensa: 4 times a day for two weeks, then stop. This is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID).
Sometimes, pressure drops are added, as often the pressure can be elevated post -surgery. Dr. Adatia will inform you if this is needed.