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Is it normal to prescribe extensive eye drops prior to and for four weeks after cataract surgery (up to 15 drops per day)?   

It is typical to prescribe a non-steroidal drop and antibiotics prior to the surgery; and then these in addition to a steroid drop after the surgery for at least two to four weeks. There are now some new drops (although more expensive) that can be used far fewer times a day. The drops are meant to protect against infection which can be devastating to the vision and to prevent inflammation which can delay healing.

Answered by: Jeffrey Whitman, MDDr. Jeffrey Whitman

Categories: Cataracts, Eye Surgery

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Answered: Oct 09, 2012

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