There are only a few major classes of eyedrops, and within a class all eyedrops are more or less the same. It is always enough to give one drop of any eyedrop at a time.
- All of them have a beige top: Zymar, Vigamox, Ocuflox, Ciloxan, Quixin
- Can be used interchangeably. Given before and after surgery and for eye-infections.
- Most of them have a pink top, some of them have a white top.
- Prednisone Forte 1%, Econopred – strong steroid drops – good after surgery
- Pred Mild – Mild steroid drop – good for allergies, mild inflammation
STERIOD / ANTIBIOTIC COMBINATIONS:
- Most have a white top
- Tobradex, Blephamide – white top, good after surgery or for inflammations and infections or if we do not know what the patient has.
EYE DROPS FOR GLAUCOMA:
- Many different types. WE WILL NOT HAND THESE OUT.
- They work only if patients use it long-term and they cannot obtain them there. Also, they can have side-effects
- All have red top:
- Will dilate the pupil – Given before surgery or for inflammation to ease the pain
NON-STERIODAL ANTI-INFLAMMATORY DROPS:
- Most have grey top:
- Acular, Voltaren, Nevenac, Xibrom– given before surgery and for mild inflammations
- Patanol, Elestat, Optivar, Alamast
- Have no side-effects, can be used as needed for ithcing/irritation/redness
- Systane, refresh, etc – given for dry eyes, use as needed, no side-effects
- All have green top
- Given before secondary implant. (If patient had cataract surgery before but has no implant in eye) – constricts pupil.