Your Child’s Care at Home after Cataract or other Intraocular Surgery
This handout will tell you how to care for your child after cataract or other intraocular surgery. If you have any questions please ask your doctor or nurse. Our staff is here to help you.
Before going home, your child will be given the medicines listed below. Each of these eye drops plays a role in helping to prevent infection and promote healing. Begin using the drops after your first clinic visit after surgery. Bring your drops with you to your clinic visits. Keep using drops or ointment daily until your doctor tells you to stop.
______________________________ drops to be given in the ____________ eye ____________ times a day.
Ocuflox® drops to be given in the _____________________ eye 4 times a day.
Pred Forte® 1% drops to be given in the ____________ eye 4 times a day.
Cyclogyl® 1% drops to be given in the ____________ eye at bedtime.
It's Normal If . . .
- Your child's eye feels itchy or scratchy.
- The white part of the eye becomes quite red.
- There is some discharge from the eye when the child wakes up in the morning.
- Your child has blurred vision, especially if using ointment.
- Your child has double vision.
When to Call the Doctor
These problems are not common, but can occur. Call your doctor if:
- Your child's eyelid becomes swollen or if your child complains of loss of vision or severe pain in the eye. Stop giving the eye drops and call your doctor.
- There appears to be bleeding in the iris (colored part of the eye) or pupil (central black circle).
- The eye or eyelid is red and has pus-like discharge lasting all day. Stop using the eye drops and call your doctor.
- Your child has nausea or vomiting. This could be a symptom of increased eye pressure.
Caring for the Eye
1. Clean drainage from the eye when your child wakes up in the morning. Gently wipe the child's eyelid with the sterile saline solution and cotton balls in the eye box you were given. Wipe the eye from the inner corner (by the nose) outward, in one direction.
2. Protect the eye from injury with the metal shield for 10 days. If your child wears glasses, they can be used instead of the shield to protect the eye while your child is awake. The shield should be used while your child is asleep or when glasses are not being worn.
1. If your child is wearing an eye patch (night of surgery especially) his balance and coordination may be slightly impaired due to lack of depth perception. Use caution and supervision on stairs.
2. Your child may return to school or other normal activities 3-5 days after going home.
3. Your child should avoid things that might pose a risk of infection, irritation, or injury to the eye. For example:
- Don't play in dirty, dusty places (like a sandbox) for 7 days.
- No rough play or contact sports for 14 days.
- No swimming for 14 days.
- Try to keep your child from coughing. See your pediatrician if your child gets a cold or allergy which causes him to cough.
4. Your child may read, watch TV, walk, and do other such quiet tasks.
If you have any questions please call:
UWHC Pediatric Eye Clinic: (608) 263-6414, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday.
Nights and weekends, this number will give you the hospital paging operator. Ask for the "eye resident on-call" and leave your name and phone number with the area code. The doctor will call you back.
If you live out of the area, please call 1-800-323-8942.
The Spanish version of this Health Facts for You is #7279.
The information provided should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions. Call 911 for all medical emergencies. Any duplication or distribution of the information contained herein is strictly prohibited.
Last Updated: 06/10/2013
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