What do the surgery drops do? When do I take them?

Click here to access a printable Cataract Surgery Drop Tracker

  • Moxifloxacin: Moxifloxacin is an antibiotic that helps to protect you against bacterial infection after surgery. Please see the Cataract Surgery Drop Tracker for when to take Moxifloxacin.
  • Prolensa: Prolensa is used to reduce swelling and pain in your eye after surgery. Please see the Cataract Surgery Drop Tracker for when to take Prolensa.
  • PredForte: PredForte is an anti-inflammatory drop used to reduce swelling and inflammation in your eye after surgery. Please see the Cataract Surgery Drop Tracker for when to take PredForte.

Moxifloxacin, Prolensa, and PredForte do not need to be applied in any specific order but be sure to allow them to sit in the eye for 2-3 minutes in between each drop.

If you are taking eye drops for other conditions (e.g. glaucoma drops, teardrops), continue to use them as prescribed, but space them out from the surgery drops. You can use these other drops on the morning of the surgery if you regularly take them in the morning.

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What is the typical wait time for cataract surgery?

Surgeries are booked on a case-by-case basis. Each patient’s condition is individually assessed, and more urgent cases may be scheduled earlier if needed. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, our typical wait time was around six months. Due to our reduced ability to see more patients and the backlog of canceled surgeries that need to be rescheduled, our cataract surgery wait time is now six to twelve months.

Why am I getting this lens and not the premium lens?

Not everyone is eligible for premium lenses. Underlying eye concerns can limit you from getting the full benefit of a premium lens.

Before Surgery

Do I need to stop any medications before my cataract surgery?

No, continue to take all your regular medications even on the day of surgery, unless told otherwise by Dr. Khan. However, the surgery eyedrops are not to be used the morning of the surgery.

Day of Surgery

How long will I be at the hospital on the day of my surgery?

You will be at the hospital for approximately one to two hours.

Where do I go for my surgery?

Your surgery will take place at the Royal Jubilee Hospital (RJH). There are Hospital Ambassadors located outside the entrance to help screen and direct patients. You will need to complete a COVID-19 screening here when you arrive at the hospital. Drivers and escorts are no longer allowed into the hospital except in special cases and discussed earlier with Island Health staff. Enter through the main doors on the Bay Street entrance to RJH beside the emergency room entrance. Go up to the second floor for access to Clinic 6. You do not need to stop at the main reception desk.

Do I use my eye drops the morning of my surgery?

No, please do not use your surgery eye drops the morning of your surgery. Click here to access a printable Cataract Surgery Drop Tracker

Day-1 Post-Operative Appointment

Why are my pupils still dilated after my surgery?

The anesthetic drops used during surgery are very strong as your eye needs to be dilated maximumly for the physician to operate. It is normal for the effects of dilation to last for 2 to 3 days after surgery.

Will my vision get better? Why do my eyes feel scratchy?

The first day after the surgery is still early in the healing process. As the eye has more time to heal, your vision will change. As your eye heals, your vision will improve. A scratchy or grittiness sensation in the eye may occur for a few days after surgery, but this will lessen with time. You can use artificial tears to relieve the symptoms.

Do I have to get new glasses?

The choice to continue using your glasses is your decision. You may find it better to not wear them at all or to have the lens removed from the surgical side, so you will still have vision correction in your other eye. This allows you to use the same pair of glasses until you have had both your eyes operated upon. Any optical lens business can remove the lens; however, Victoria Eye Care cannot. It is best to wait 6 weeks after both eyes have been operated upon before getting new prescription glasses to allow enough time for your eyes to heal and your vision to settle after surgery.

Can I drive to my follow up after surgery?

No, patients cannot drive themselves to their day after surgery follow-up appointment.

After Surgery

What are the restrictions after cataract surgery?

For the first for the first two weeks following surgery:

  • No bending at the waist for an extended period of time (e.g. gardening)
  • No submerging your face in water
  • No lifting more than 10 lbs
  • It is recommended that you do not wear eye makeup for the first two weeks following surgery.

Please wait one month before going snorkeling or scuba diving.

When and for how long do I wear the eye shield?

Wear your eye shield for one week only when sleeping following surgery.

When can I fly again?

If you are feeling comfortable with air travel, you do not need to wait to travel. There are no post-surgery flying restrictions for cataract surgery.

When can I drive again after my cataract surgery?

If you had no previous restrictions or limitations on your driving, you may drive again after your day one post-surgery appointment or once you feel you have your balance back. If you do have previous restrictions, please talk to Dr. Khan at one of your post-operative appointments.

After my surgery and post-operation appointment, where do I go from here for my eye care?

After your surgery and post-operative appointment(s), your eye care now returns to your optometrist who is your primary eye care specialist. If your optometrist feels as if any concerns you have are related to your cataract surgery, they will refer you back to Dr. Khan.

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