Instructions for Cataract Surgery Medications

It’s important that you use your cataract surgery drops as instructed. They help prevent infection and help you to heal. If you have any questions about how to use them, please call our office at 860-373-4148.

This is the usual course of drops. If your surgeon gave you different instructions, follow those.

Time Medications
Starting 3 days before surgery Gatifloxacin (antibiotic): 1 drop in the surgical eye 4x/day
Prolensa (anti-inflammatory): 1 drop in the surgical eye 1x/day
Starting after surgery Gatifloxacin: 1 drop in the surgical eye 4x/day
Prolensa: 1 drop in the surgical eye 1x/day
Prednisolone (anti-inflammatory): 1 drop in the surgical eye 4x/day
Starting five days after surgery Gatifloxacin: stop taking this drop
Prolensa: 1 drop in the surgical eye 1x/day
Prednisolone: 1 drop in the surgical eye 2x/day
30 days after surgery Stop your drops

Your vision in the first days after surgery may be blurry and you may have some ache or scratchiness. This is normal. These symptoms should get gradually better, but never worse. If you have worsening vision or increasing discomfort in the days to weeks after surgery, call your surgeon at 860-373-4148.

If you are unable to afford your drops, or they are very expensive, there may be alternatives. Please call our office.

If you are allergic to these medications, or ones that sound similar to them, do not take them. Please call our office.