What your patients should expect after surgery:
- Come to a follow up appointment usually at one day, one-two weeks, and one to two months after surgery.
- The eye will feel scratchy for a few days, but vision often improves even the day of surgery.
- Patients are usually prescribed a fourth generation fluoroquinolone, a corticosteroid, and NSAID (such as ketorolac) drops.
- Some evidence suggests NSAIDs may specifically reduce the post operative risk of cystoid macular edema.
- Most patients can return to work within one week unless their job requires strenuous activity.
- Most patients are able to return to their previous level of driving on post operative day one.
- Patients with large surgical incisions should avoid strenuous activity for several weeks.
- New glasses prescriptions are written after one to three months to allow time for healing.