Sunday, August 5, 2012

Cataract Surgery

On the 25th of July, I had cataract surgery on my right eye.  This type of surgical procedure is one of the easiest to do.  They whole operation takes about fifteen minutes, and you are able to hear what's going on.  I was the exception, I was out, and that's unusual.  I believe it was because I took 5mg of Ambien the night before, so I could sleep.  It worked because I slept most of the day after the surgery.  I did forget to tell you my surgery started at 6:30 A.M.

The procedure on my left eye will be Wednesday, August 15th, at 6:30 A.M., and like I said this is easy.  Two days before the operation I have to put one drop of Ciprofloxacin and Nevanac (antibiotics) into my eye four times a day. 

The day of surgery place one drop of Ciprofloxacin and Nevanac in the operative eye.  At 11:00 A.M, I start putting in one drop each of Ciprofloxacin, Nevanac and Durezol into my eye every two hours until bed time.  One other thing to remember is these drops have to be put into the eye five minutes apart. 

The next day for a week, you have to put in Ciprofloxacin (4 x day), Nevanac (2 x day) and Durezol drops (2 x day).  The second week, you put in Nevanac (2 x day) and Durezol drops (2 x day).  The third week, you in Nevanac (1 x day) and Durezol drops (1 x day).  The third week is when you have the second surgery, so you are also doing the drops for that eye. 

You really need to keep track of the drops and times you use them, so I suggest making a list with date, right/left eye, and number of times you need to put that drop in.  Write the time you put the drop in, and remember there has to be five minutes between each drop. 

The first week there is no bending, straining, heavy lifting, or make-up around eye for 1 week.  It is okay to take a shower, but do not splash water in face.  Do not rub or bump your operative eye and you have to wear eye shield for three days while sleeping or napping.  Also, do not wash hair leaning forward. 

For me the hardest part has been trying to keep from bending over.  Do you know how many things we bend over for?  I tried to remember to stoop instead of leaning over, but it's such a natural reflex to bend over.  Snort!

Lately, I've had some trouble keeping from rubbing my eye, but that's been in the second week, so I think if I don't rub too hard I'll be okay.  My right eye is healing just fine, but I'll be feeling a little lopsided until both eyes have the operation and are healed. 

I do have astigmatism in both eyes, and although there is a chance to remove it, I elected against that procedure as I didn't fully trust it.  My ophthalmologist removed as much as she could though.  I also elected to have distance for both of my eyes, so I will need glasses of some type for close work. 

All in all, I'm very happy with my experience with this surgery.  I just can't wait to get back to normal. 

Have a great week, and I'll try to see you next Sunday. 

Sandra K. Marshall


Linda LaRoque said...

Well shoot, that's a lot of drops to keep up with. That must be new because I don't remember my mother having to do that 15 years ago. Glad it went well and know you'll be glad when the other one is done. Lopsided isn't fun!

Edie Ramer said...

I'm glad it went so well! My bil recently had cataract surgery and his went well, too. He's happy not to have to wear glasses now, except for reading.

Anonymous said...


Thanks for your comments and information. I'll probably be facing this sooner or later since, as my opthomologist says, "that cataract is blooming..."

Sandy said...

LOL Thanks, Linda. It sure is a lot of drops.

Thanks, Edie. I'm glad your bil did so well. I'm sure I will, too.

Casey, I might not have had it done yet if it weren't for my computer work. It was getting so blurry that I couldn't be on the computer for long periods. Thanks for coming by, Casey.

Louise Behiel said...

Sandy i'm glad that it went well. I had lazik surgery in the spring and it was drops for forever - i still shoudl be using them but I don't. yuck - enough is enough.

goodl uck with the next surgery

Stacey Joy Netzel said...

Here's to a second success on the 15th! Good luck!

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