It’s fine to continue using eye drops, including Optrex, after cataract surgery.
Your cataract surgery may temporarily leave your eye feeling dry, gritty, sticky, itchy or sore. Your eye may also look red/bloodshot, and you may experience sensitivity to bright light. None of these symptoms should last for more than a couple of days. You’ll be given eye drops after your surgery that will help your eyes to heal and reduce the risk of them becoming infected.
If you had long-term eye issues prior to cataract surgery, and use prescribed or over-the-counter eye drops to counteract the symptoms of any pre-existing condition(s), then it’s fine for you to continue to use these eye drops after you’ve had your cataract surgery.
You should start using both your normal eye drops and the eyedrops prescribed to you by your cataract surgeon the day after you have your cataract surgery.
It’s usually advised that you use the eye drops prescribed to you by your optometrist for around 4 weeks after cataract surgery and, although it’s OK for you to use other eye drops as well, it’s suggested that you leave at least 5 minutes between administering each type of eye drop.
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