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My dad had cataract surgery 24 hours ago. Patch was taken

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My dad had cataract surgery 24 hours ago. Patch was taken off this a.m. He is experiencing pain in his eye...he says like when you burn your eyes welding. Sometimes quite uncomfortable them it subsides for awhile. Is this common or should we go to the er? He is 2 and 1/2 hours from the VA.
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Dan B. replied 7 years ago.
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Doctor DanB :

Hello and thanks for your question.


What advice can you give me?

Doctor DanB :

This is a fairly common feeling. It represents a roughened, dry, or scratched corneal surface. If it is very intense pain, accompanied by nausea and/or vomiting then that represents a likely increased pressure in the eye and for that reason he should go to the ER. This is uncommon at best and usually only seen in complicated surgeries or persons with existing glaucoma.

Doctor DanB :

I would recommend that he begin using artificial tears 4-5x/day in that eye, as well as a lubricating ophthalmic ointment (unless one of his post-operative medicines is an ointment). Cool compresses can also help the eye feel better. This is, of course, in addition to him using all of his prescribed post-operative drops as he has been directed to. Does this help address your concerns?

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You indicated that this was fairly common and then mentioned uncommon. I am a little confused. He is not vomiting at this point but is in pain. He took tylenol and it helped for a while. As far as we know the surgery was not complicated. It lasted roughly 30 minutes. The Dr. said that everything looked fine this morning but he had difficulty seeing when the patch was removed. One of his prescribed drops is an ointment. He has 3 rx's for drops and then a salve to use at night.

Expert:  Dr. Dan B. replied 7 years ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Dan B. replied 7 years ago.
The common pain I was referring to is that feeling of burning and/or foreign-body sensation that your dad is experiencing. This should improve with artificial tears, cool compressed and the medicines that have been prescribed. The uncommon pain I was referring to was a deep, boring, achy, pressure which is usually quite severe, Tylenol does nit help make better and is almost always accompanied by severe headache and most importantly nausea and/or vomiting.