How should I see after my surgery?
Your operative eye is blurry the first 12 - 24 hours after surgery, although many people will see more readily. Each eye and patient is different. Blurriness can reflect swelling to the cornea and is individual. For the most part, we expect patients with routine surgery to see reasonably within a few days.
My eye is red? Is this normal?
Redness represents some mild hemorrhage or inflammation to the conjunctival lining of the eye. This can be a normal consequence of surgery. Over time it should resolve. Worsening redness denotes a potential problem.
When do I visit Dr. Safran and his staff?
You will have an appointment the day after surgery and then two - three weeks afterwards as well. The appointments are short.
What happens if I accidentally rub the eye?
The wound of the cataract incision is less than 1/8 of an inch and is water tight, despite having no suture. Unless you really push hard or bang the eye, nothing should happen with a mild rub or nudge.
What drops do I take after surgery?
You should have received prescriptions for two bottles - Ciprofloxacin (an antibiotic) and Prednisolone Acetate (a steroid). They are supposed to used for the two days prior to surgery. You will use BOTH bottles now four times a day. After a week stop the antibiotic (light tan cap). Continue the steroid drop for another two weeks. Wait a minute between each drop when you take them together. Getting an extra drop or two in the eye is okay. If you lose a bottle or run out prematurely call our office. If you do not use the drop the eye can get infected or seriously inflamed.
I can't see with my old glasses? Why?
We have placed an implant (intraocular lens) in your eye. This changes your refraction and will affect your final need and power for glasses. We aim to try to reduce your need for glasses but many patients will still need to wear glasses for fine focusing or for reading after cataract surgery. Your are refracted for glasses on the third week visit. Until then avoid your old glasses if they aren't working. You may get by with over the counter reading glasses for close work.
What if I was referred by my optometrist?
Unless otherwise instructed, we ask that our referred patients return to their optometrist provider following completion of the post-operative period. This insures your continuity of care and maintains your relationship with your doctor. If there are any surgical concerns that merit further follow up at our office then we certainly will care for you as indicated.