RLE

After the RLE Procedure – Things To Do

  • 1. Rest Down Arrow

    Rest

    Resting or sleeping is the best remedy for any post-operative discomfort. Use the additional Valium that is provided, if necessary, and get some rest.

  • 2. Use Your Eye Drops Down Arrow

    Use Your Eye Drops

    Start using your prescription eye drops as soon as you get up from your nap post-surgery. Please wait five minutes in between drops.

    • Gatifloxacin/Prednisolone Acetate Mix: Shake the bottle well. During the first week post-surgery, use one drop four times a day (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and before bed). In the second week, reduce dosage to one drop two times a day, once in the morning and once before bed. And, during the third and fourth weeks following surgery, use one drop once a day.
    • Flurbiprofen: Shake the bottle well. During the first week post-surgery, use one drop four times a day (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and before bed). In the second week, reduce dosage to one drop two times a day, once in the morning and once before bed. And, during the third and fourth weeks following surgery, use one drop once a day.
    • Artificial Tears: Some patients experience scratchiness or irritation with mild light sensitivity to the lids in the operated eye for the first several days. This is generally worse in the morning and improves as the day goes on. For sensitivity, we recommend Ibuprofen (Advil), in addition to frequent dosing of preservative-free lubricant teardrops (artificial tears). Artificial tears can be used as often as necessary to relieve the dry or scratchy sensation you may be experiencing post-surgery. Nonprescription, preservative-free lubrication drops may be instilled in the operated eye immediately after surgery and as often as needed. You will be using these preservative-free drops for several weeks. They are available over the counter and can be purchased at your local pharmacy. Most patients find these to be helpful between medication eye drops, particularly in the morning. A preserved tear (sold in a bottle vs. individual dispensers) may be used after six weeks.
  • 3. Wear Your Eyeshield at Bedtime Down Arrow

    Wear Your Eyeshield at Bedtime

    You should tape the protective shield over your surgical eye at night time for one week. You may, of course, wear the shield longer if you wish to do so.

After the RLE Procedure – Things NOT To Do

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