Patient Education

Use of Eye Drops

Please remember to use your eye drops as instructed. Good compliance is important for the best results. If you are using multiple different eye drops, give it a few minutes in between each one, so that one drop does not wash another one out. This will improve absorption of the medications into the eye, so that all the eye drops will be more effective.

It is helpful to bring all your eye drops to each visit, so that any changes can be discussed with your medications on hand, and you will remember better what to do.

Most eye drops can be stored in a cabinet at room temperature, but certain eye drops, such as Xalatan (latanoprost) need to be stored in a refrigerator. Most eye drops are straight forward to use, but one medication called Pred Forte (prenisolone acetate) needs to be thoroughly shaken in the bottle before use.

We will typically try to electronically prescribe or call in your prescriptions to your local pharmacy, with the appropriate number refills.


What You Should Expect After Laser

If you need laser treatment for your eye condition, it can be done quickly, easily, and safely right in our offices during your visit. Laser procedures of the eye are not painful, but your vision may be slightly blurry for a few minutes after the procedure. This is normal and temporary. It will recover back to normal very quickly.


What You Should Expect After Intravitreal Injection

Some retinal diseases require placement of medication into the eye in the office via a tiny, painless injection. These medications may dramatically improve your condition and vision. You may know of friends who have had this done, as it is a very common procedure these days. After intravitreal injection is done, please do not rub the eye or go into dirty water (ocean, swimming pool, jacuzzi, etc.) for three days.


What You Should Expect After Surgery

If you undergo retinal surgery by Dr. Ng, he will have you keep an eye patch on your operated eye overnight, which will then be removed the next morning. Postoperative eye drops will be started the next day, which include an antibiotic eye drop (tan bottle top), a steroid eye drop (pink bottle top), and sometimes a dilating eye drop (red bottle top). Antibiotic eye drops will be used until they run out (approximately two weeks). Steroid eye drops will be continued for at least one month, and then tapered as instructed. The operated eye should be kept clean and out of dirty water (ocean, swimming pool, jacuzzi, etc.) for one month. It is recommended that strenuous activity or heavy exertion be avoided for at least two weeks. More specific instructions will be provided by Dr. Ng and his staff.


PDF Downloads

Age Related Macular Degeneration: What You Should Know
by: National Eye Institute

Amsler’s Chart to Test Your Sight
by: American Macular Degeneration Foundation


Educational Links

This is and excellent, comprehensive educational website for all eye conditions, sponsored by the American Academy of Ophthalmology, of which I am a member:

http://www.geteyesmart.org/eyesmart/

 

This is a comprehensive educational site at National Eye Institute that will link you to articles and videos on DRY AND WET MACULAR DEGENERATION:

http://www.nei.nih.gov/health/maculardegen/index.asp

 

This is a comprehensive educational site at National Eye Institute that will link you to articles and videos on DIABETIC EYE DISEASE and DIABETIC RETINOPATHY:

http://www.nei.nih.gov/nehep/programs/diabeticeyedisease…

 

This is a comprehensive educational site at National Eye Institute that will link you to articles and videos on VISION AND AGING:

http://www.nei.nih.gov/nehep/programs/visionandaging/index.asp

This is a comprehensive educational site at National Eye Institute that will link you to articles and videos on GLAUCOMA:

http://www.nei.nih.gov/nehep/programs/glaucoma/index.asp

 

Facts About RETINAL DETACHMENT (WebMD):

http://www.webmd.com/eye-health/eye-health-retinal-detachment

 

Facts About EPIRETINAL MEMBRANE (EyeWiki):

http://eyewiki.aao.org/Epiretinal_Membrane

 

Facts About MACULAR HOLE (EyeWiki):

http://eyewiki.aao.org/Macular_Hole

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