What to do following the procedure
What to do following your Eye Surgery
- You will be offered light refreshments before leaving the centre.
- Avoid rubbing or pressing on the eye and the prying fingers of a child or baby.
- You must be transported home by car or taxi (NOT on public transport) with an appropriate carer who is available to take care of you overnight.
You will be instructed which drops to use and when they must be administered. Use only the prescribed eye drops, as directed, and continue using these drops until told to stop.
It is generally easier if someone else administers these drops for you, particularly in the first few days.
General Do’s and Don’ts
- Follow any post-operative instructions given to you by your surgeon
- Do not rub your eye
- Do not get any water in or around your eye for ONE week. You may use a damp washer to gently clean your face
- Reading and watching television is allowed – wear your glasses if they help
- Do not drive until advised by your surgeon
- If eye shields have been recommended these should be worn at night for the first three nights
- Moderate physical activity is allowed, but do not lift heavy weights and avoid straining – nothing over THREE full shopping bags or 10kgs
- Do not wash your hair for ONE week. If your hair must be washed, we advise you to use dry shampoo or visit the hairdresser.
- However please ensure no water goes into your eye.
- Some minor discomfort is normal and may be relieved by taking two paracetamol tablets
- Check with your Surgeon when you can return to work
- Do not bend forward (i.e. head should not go below the heart) – squat down using your knees
- Dark glasses may be worn during the day if necessary for comfort
- Do not attend any gardening for at least ONE week
- Contact your doctor if there is any increase of pain or discomfort, or your eye becomes excessively red
- The Doctor will advise if glasses are required once the healing process is complete
- You may be required to visit your Surgeon or Clinic the following day for a post-operative check.