What medications are usually prescribed prior to cataract surgery? My doctor gave me prescriptions for Zymar (0.3%), to be used 4X daily for 3 days AND Xibrom (0.09%), 2 X daily for 3 days prior to surgery. After looking on the RXlist medication information site, it says that Xibrom should be used only 24 hours prior to cataract surgery. Any longer could cause corneal adverse events......what kind of events? I'm really nervous about surgery and am beginning to question if I want to go through with it at this time.....What are preferred anesthesias? What do you think about injections, etc......Sometimes, too much reading (on the internet) is confusing......and distressing.....
Also, what does OD, OS, and OU mean.....thanks for any information you offer.....
At the surgery center I went to, most of the patients have topical anesthesia (eye drops) and light IV sedation. They are awake but relaxed during the surgery and usually can't remember it afterward. This is the norm for cataract surgery in my area, and it might be a good option for you. I chose to use the eye drops without the sedation. I could feel pressure, but the surgery wasn't painful. Either way, the whole thing is over very quickly, and you'll soon be on your way home. (Some people go out for breakfast afterward.) Don't worry, you'll do fine.
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