Monday, August 15, 2011

Cataract Surgery Medication & Corneal Abrasion

Question: Can medications used during Cataract Surgery cause cornea abrasions?

Answer: While unusual, it is possible that in certain patients with especially dry eyes or otherwise compromised corneal epithelium-the delicate top layer of the cornea-a slight erosion of the surface might occur due to the irrigating solution used or perhaps due to preservatives that might be used in certain medications. When it does occur it can be bit uncomfortable but usually goes away in a short period of time. It may be more likely-and patients should be cautioned-NOT to touch the dropper tip of any eye drop to the surface of the eye when placing drops in the eye as this in fact can cause a corneal abrasion and can contaminate the bottle of drops. If there is any doubt about the proper technique for instilling eye drops after Cataract Surgery be sure to ask your Cataract Surgeon or their staff to help you or a caregiver learn the best technique.

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