If you had eye surgery, you will find the information listed here most useful. It contains post-operative instructions.GENERAL POST-OPERATIVE INSTRUCTIONS
Postoperative schedules are usually set for DAY 1, 3, 7, 14, and 28.
For 12 hours following surgery do not operate an automobile or other machinery. You may wish to start eating lighter, with liquids and progressing to your regular diet as tolerated by your stomach.
Unless directed by your surgeon, do not remove your polycarbonate goggles except when applying eyedrops as directed. In rare instances, a surgical dressing may be placed. Do not remove your eye dressing and do not begin your eyedrops until after your first post-operative appointment.
You may take Tylenol or any other non-aspirin containing pain reliever as needed every 4 hours for pain. Continue your regular medications as directed by your physician including any eyedrops prescribed for the other eye.
Your first post-operative appointment will be the day following surgery. At this time your eye will be examined. Your post-operative care schedule and medications will be reviewed.
POST-OPERATIVE LIMITATIONS (for 4 weeks)
You may bathe or shower; protect the eye from soapy water by patching it securely. Always turn your back against the shower spray.
Always wear your polycarbonate goggles while sleeping. Avoid sleeping on the side of your operated eye.
Do not bend at the waist to pick up objects on the floor. If you must, squat or bend at the knees and use your hand to stabilize yourself. Do not lift anything over 15 lbs.
Avoid playing with babies or children.
Do not submerge your eye under water.
POST-OPERATIVE EYE CARE
Cleansing of the eye
Wash your hands before caring for the eye. If the lids are sticky or itchy in the morning, they may be gently cleaned with a cotton ball moistened with sterile water. Wipe from your nose toward you ear, in one direction only. Be careful not to rub or put pressure on the eye.
Protection of the eye
The operated eye should be protected at all times by either glasses (prescription or sunglasses) or the polycarbonate goggles. When the glasses are removed for showering, gently tape the metal shield over the eye. A soft eye patch may also be used under the shield/goggles if desired.
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