Why are drops used before cataract surgery?
Some surgeons will ask patients to use eye drops several days prior to cataract surgery. These drops help reduce the risk of infection and post-surgery inflammation.
It is important that you follow the instructions exactly! Not taking drops can lead to a last-minute cancellation of your surgery.
Also - it is a good practice to use non-preserved re-wetting drops prior to your eye measurements and also your cataract surgery. Separate instilling these drops from the prescription medications by at least a couple of minutes or you risk diluting the medicine.