Reasons for Procedure
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- Damage to the eye
- Decreased vision
- Increased eye pressure
- Detached retina
- Droopy eyelid
- Need for more surgery
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
- Complete eye exam
- An A-scan—a test using either sound waves or a laser to determine the strength of the replacement lens
- Administer eye drops
- Administer antibiotic injections
Description of the Procedure
How Long Will It Take?
Will It Hurt?
- You will have an eye examination.
- You will be given eye drops.
- Avoid any strenuous activity until cleared by your doctor. This includes lifting and bending.
- You will wear a patch on your eye after your surgery. Do not remove the patch until instructed by your doctor.
- Ask your doctor about how to wash your face and when it is okay to shower or bathe.
- You may be given an antibiotic and anti-inflammatory eye drops to use for several weeks after your surgery. Use these eye drops as prescribed. Store them as advised by your pharmacist or doctor. Most anti-inflammatory drops need to be shaken very well prior to each time you put them in your eyes.
- Do not drive or operate machinery until advised by your doctor.
- Take pain medicines as recommended by your doctor.
- Your doctor may ask you to wear an eye shield at night.
- Make it a habit to wear UV-protecting sunglasses when you are outside.
Call Your Doctor
- Signs of infection, including fever and chills
- Change in vision
- Redness, swelling, increasing pain, bleeding, or discharge from the affected eye
- Visual disturbances, such as double vision, flashes of light, floaters, part of the field of vision is missing, or eye pressure
American Optometric Association http://www.aoa.org
Eye Smart—American Academpy of Ophthalmology http://www.eyesmart.org
Canadian Ophthalmological Society http://www.cos-sco.ca
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca
Agency for Health Care Research and Quality website. Available at: http://www.ahrq.gov.
American Academy of Ophthalmology website. Available at: http://www.aao.org.
10/1/2013 DynaMed's Systematic Literature Surveillance http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed/what.php: Gower EW, Lindsley K, Nanji AA, et al. Perioperative antibiotics for prevention of acute endophthalmitis after cataract surgery. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2013 Jul 15;7.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 06/2013 -
- Update Date: 10/01/2013 -