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Medications for Cataracts
- Wash hands before use.
- Apply pressure to inside corner of eye with finger.
- Continue pressure for one minute after placing drops in eye.
- Close eye and keep closed for several minutes after application of drops.
- Keep eye drop applicator tip clean. Do not let it touch your eye or eyelashes.
- Wear sunglasses outdoors as bright light will likely be irritating to you.
- Burning or stinging of the eyes
- Blurry vision
- Sensitivity to light
- Pain, decreased vision, and nausea (which may be signs of an acute glaucoma attack, possibly initiated by the eyedrops)
- You feel unsafe or uncomfortable
You are unable to perform normal daily tasks or activities, such as:
Cataract surgery is much safer and more successful than in the past. Today some eye doctors and surgeons recommend having cataract surgery sooner rather than later, because delaying the surgery may make it more difficult to perform. Removing a cataract is rarely an emergency, therefore it should not be performed until you feel ready to have the surgery.
- Watching television
- Taking medications
- Take them as directed—not more, not less, not at a different time.
- Do not stop taking them without consulting your healthcare provider.
- Don’t share them with anyone else.
- Know what effects and side effects to expect, and report them to your ophthalmologist.
- If you are taking more than one drug, even if it is over the counter, be sure to check with a physician or pharmacist about drug interactions.
- Plan ahead for refills so you don’t run out.
- Ask your doctor if the medication is safe to take if you are pregnant or breast feeding.
- For eye drops, usually one drop at a time is sufficient. Placing more drops is often a waste of medicine and can occasionally be dangerous. Talk to your doctor about how many drops you should use.
American Academy of Ophthalmology website. Available at: http://www.aao.org.
USP DI. 21st ed. Micromedex; 2001.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 06/2013
- Update Date: 00/63/2013