Eye Drops & Medications: Shake all medicated drops before using.
#1 Ofloxacin (antibiotic, tan top, 5.0mL/80 drops). Take one drop in procedure eye four times daily – typically breakfast, lunch, dinner, and bedtime – for one week, then stop.
#2 Prednisolone (steroid, pink/white top, 5.0mL/80 drops). Take one drop in procedure eye four times daily – typically breakfast, lunch, dinner and bedtime – for one week, then stop. You can expect to have some crusting on your eyelashes after using this drop. Notify a Brinton Vision doctor if you have used steroid medicines before or if you start a new steroid medication (pill, cream, mist, inhaler, injection, prednisone, etc.) while taking the drops above. This combination can lead to a painless increase in eye pressure and vision loss. As long as you are taking a steroid eye drop you need to have your eye pressure checked in our office no less than every 4 weeks.
#3 Twist-top vials of preservative-free artificial tears Conveniently purchase through pharmacy with other post-operative drops, over the counter, or online. Take one drop 4x per day for 1 month, then taper as needed. These vials can be recapped for multiple uses (9-11 drops per vial), however throw away and use a new vial on the next day. Space out the antibiotic, steroid, and artificial tear drops by approximately 5 minutes to avoid “washing out” the previous medication.
PRIOR TO PROCEDURE – You will have a measurement appointment in our clinic. You must be out of your contact lenses for seven full days prior to this appointment. This should be the last time in your life that you wear contact lenses! Come wearing your glasses prescription that best corrects your vision and if you have contact lenses, bring your boxes or lens foils so we can include these numbers in our procedure calculations.
At the conclusion of your procedure we commonly use a medicine (Miostat) to return your dilated pupil size back to normal. This sometimes causes a temporary headache sensation. Your pupil may appear small and colors and lights may look altered or dimmer for a day or two. The vision can also be unrealistically clear. These temporary effects go away and the vision settles into a natural place as the medicine wears off over the course of 2 to 10 days.
You may experience the sensation of an eyelash in the eye, heavy eyelids, light sensitivity, soreness, and excess tearing. Your tears may be pink. This typically subsides over the first day.
You will see halos and glare around lights, particularly at nighttime. This phenomenon typically subside as the eye heals.
For 1 week: tape eye shield securely over eye while sleeping to prevent bumping or rubbing. Avoid any activities where neck veins bulge and face turns red, which can be associated with heavy lifting or strenuous physical activity. After 1 week you may gradually return to normal activity.
It is normal to have red spots (like a broken blood vessel) on the white part of your eye around the iris (colored part of your eye). These typically resolve as your eye heals over 1 to 2 weeks.
Your ICL typically will remain in your eye until you get a cataract, or a clouding of the inner eye lens that eventually affects everybody who lives long enough. At this time the ICL lens is removed at the same time as your cataract surgery.
Sometimes ICL procedures are performed one eye at a time on separate days. In this case, between procedures, most patients choose to temporarily wear a contact lens in their nonsurgical eye. Bring your contacts in hand (don’t wear them!) to your first eye procedure and after the procedure is over we can place your usual contact, or one of ours if you prefer, in your second eye. You may wear this contact up to the day of your 2nd eye procedure. You may be surprised that the second eye procedure feels different. This should not be concerning. Most patients are more aware the second time around since they know what to expect.
Please contact us immediately if you experience any of these symptoms: flashes of light, new floaters in your view, shade/shadow/curtain/veil in your vision, strong feeling of pressure in/around your eye, nausea, decreased vision, or pain not relieved with an over-the-counter medication.