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Intraocular Lens Placement


Intraocular lens (IOL) placement is surgery to put a new lens in your eye. Your lens is a clear disc located on the front part of your eye that directs light to the back of your eye.

Eye Anatomy



  • Antibiotics: This medicine is given to fight or prevent an infection caused by bacteria. Always take your antibiotics exactly as ordered by your healthcare provider. Do not stop taking your medicine unless directed by your healthcare provider. Never save antibiotics or take leftover antibiotics that were given to you for another illness.
  • Steroids: Steroid medicine may be given to decrease inflammation. This may be in the form of eyedrops.
  • NSAIDs: These medicines decrease swelling, pain, and fever. NSAIDs are available without a doctor's order. Ask your healthcare provider which medicine is right for you. Ask how much to take and when to take it. Take as directed. NSAIDs can cause stomach bleeding and kidney problems if not taken correctly.
  • Take your medicine as directed. Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him or her if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.


  • Avoid bright sunlight. Wear sunglasses that protect your eyes from ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. Wear a hat with a brim when you go outside in the sun.
  • Do not remove your eye patch or shield until your healthcare provider says it is okay.
    Eye Patch Eye Shield
  • Avoid coughing and vomiting if possible. Coughing and vomiting may cause the pressure in your eye to go up. Ask your healthcare provider for medicine if you have a cough or feel nauseated.
  • Do not push down hard (strain) when you have a bowel movement. This may also cause the pressure in your eye to go up. You may feel like you need to strain if you have constipation. Ask for information on how to prevent constipation.
  • If you smoke, it is never too late to quit. Smoking may increase your risk of cataracts. Ask for information if you need help quitting.
  • If you have diabetes, always follow your healthcare provider's instructions on how to manage your blood sugar. People with diabetes have an increased risk of eye problems, such as cataracts and glaucoma.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • You scratch or bump your eye.
  • You have constipation.
  • You feel nauseated or you vomit.
  • You have a cough.
  • You have a fever.
  • You have chills.
  • You feel weak and achy.

Seek care immediately or call 911 if:

  • Your vision suddenly gets worse.
  • You cannot see at all.
  • You feel a sharp pain in your eye that does not go away.
  • You have redness or swelling in or around your eyes.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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