Eye drops – How long do you take eyedrops for after cataract surgery?

After your cataract surgery has been carried out, you’ll be given eye drops for post-surgery care of your eye and prevention of infection. You’ll also be given an eye shield to wear for the first 24 to 48 hours after your cataract surgery is completed.

You’ll usually be advised to start your course of eye drops the morning after your surgery. Dry and gritty eyes are a common after-effect of cataract surgery, the eye drops you’re given will help to keep your eye lubricated as well as help to ensure that your eye doesn’t become infected following your cataract surgery.

If you suffered from dry eyes prior to your cataract surgery, it’s still fine to take your artificial ‘teardrop’ eye drops, as normal. Just make sure that you leave at least 5 minutes between using each type of eye drop. It doesn’t matter which order you use your eye drops in.

Generally, you’ll be provided with enough eye drops to last you for 4 weeks, and should continue using them until you run out; if you run out before the 4 weeks is up, then your surgery will usually provide you with additional eye drops.

The most important thing following cataract surgery is to keep your eye clean and free from infection, so it’s absolutely imperative that you use your eye drops, as directed, and avoid rubbing or touching your eye.

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