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I would not really worry about that. Tropicamide 1% is used to make your pupil larger.
You can just put in a drop when you get the tropicamide from the pharmacist in the morning.
In my opinion, even if you were to miss using the tropicamide completely, it would not be any big deal as you surgeon can give you drops to dilate you eyes just prior to your surgery. Also, if for some reason your pupil doesn't dilate very well, it is a relatively easy thing for your surgeon to deal with and/or fix this issue during surgery.
I deal successfully with small pupils all the time during eye surgery. It, really, is no big deal for an experienced ophthalmologist.
So. What it the take home message? Do not worry that you were unable to use the tropicamide as directed. It will not, in my professional opinion, make any difference at all.
Does this make sense to you?
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The doctor calmly said, "Oh, I'll dilate the eye this morning." So I guess it didn't matter too much that I didn't get the tropicamide 1%.
However, I had somehow developed a slight hemorrhage on the very eye to be operated on, and the doctor canceled my surgery. I respect his judgement, of course. It's rescheduled for 10/14. I look forward to it. I do not have the faintest idea what caused the hemorrhage. It's all cleared up now. I hope that I do not feel the needle that supposedly freezes the eye before the surgery, that I learned about. That is the only thing bothering me now. Ha. Thanks for your concern. Christine
Thank you so much, Dr. Rick. You were very, very helpful to me in your replies.I had the eye surgery 10/14. I got the Restore Lens in which vision for distance is corrected as well as close-up and in-between. However I still cannot see well at all for close-up, so I am disappointed about that, and it's a month later (11/11). The doctor said he will make the lens for my left eye stronger so that it "complements" the right, and I will therefore apparenty be able to see close-up. (I'd rather be able to see close-up in each eye, frankly). The doctor had said he could make an adjustment, but only talked about how he would make the left eye lens and apparently making an adjustment of the right eye lens is something he is shying away from. Do you know about adjusting a lens and what is entailed for the patient -- is it sort of like having the surgery again? Thanks so much.
Also, on the day after surgery, when i went in to be looked at by my doctor, immediately after tests were done for my vision my eye hurt so badly that I got faint and nauseated and had to lie down. The pain persisted all day, and I finally took Tylenol #2, which alleviated the pain mostly. After that, the pain did not return. Why do you think this happened? I am scheduled for surgery of the left eye on Monday 11/25.
Thank you, thank you! Christine Murray
Dr. Rick - When I pushed the rating, it said, "You have already rated....; if you enter it again, you will be charged again." Do you know how this works? Is that how you get paid only? I wonder what the amount is that is charged.
As soon as I figure out how to give a bonus, I'll send it!