Post-Surgery Care and Eye Conditions - FAQs
Aftercare and Eye Conditions FAQs: This is a general guide for patients after eye surgery. You will be given specific instructions on which drops to use and their frequency. The instructions depend on the type of surgery you have had.
Aftercare and Eye Conditions FAQs
As the anaesthesia wears off, there can be a dull ache or discomfort. You might feel like something is in the eye, felt in and around your eye. Your eye will also be slightly red, watery and your vision may be blurred. You may want to use your normal pain-relieving tablets when you get home and during the first 24 hours.
Your eye usually settles over two to four weeks after the operation, although some patients take slightly longer. Slight feelings of grittiness in your eye can last several months after the operation, as the small wound gradually heals. Please contact me if the pain, redness or blurred vision is getting worse rather than better.
You will be shown how to clean your eye and put in the eye drops correctly. In some circumstances, family and friends will be taught how to do this so they can help you. How to put in the drops:
1. Tilt your head back
2. Gently pull down your lower lid with one hand
3. Look up and allow drops to fall inside the lower lid
4. Do not let the tip of the bottle come in contact with your eye
The eye drops help reduce the risk of infection and inflammation after surgery. They may be necessary for one to two months. My usual post-operative medications for cataract or lens replacement surgery consist of:
1. Betnesol – anti-inflammatory steroid to be used four times a day for four weeks
2. Chloramphenicol – antibiotic to be used four times a day for two weeks
3. Nevanac – anti-inflammatory non-steroidal to be used three times a day for two weeks
You should avoid rubbing or touching your eye after your eye disease management procedure. This is extremely important in the first one to two weeks after the operation. You might find you are sensitive to light. Therefore, it is useful to have a pair of plain dark glasses in case you need them. You should avoid gardening and swimming for four weeks after the surgery. You should avoid strenuous physical activity for the first two weeks. However, you can resume light physical activity within a day or two.
Depending on your occupation, you should be able to return to work a few days after your operation. If you perform manual work, or a job which requires focused use of eyes, you may require more time. The doctors and nurses in the clinic will advise you. Your eye takes a few weeks to settle and for the best vision to be achieved.
You are advised to be careful when washing. You must not directly splash water into your face in the shower. Do not immerse your head in the bath for one week after surgery. However, a clean face cloth can safely be used. Some people find that large swimming or scuba goggles are useful if having a shower.
You will be advised about tests for spectacles to improve vision (refraction) at your clinic appointment after the operation. After cataract or lens surgery, you can usually have your eyes checked for new glasses by your own optician. Preferably, you should do this about six weeks after the operation.
During this time, until you have your new glasses, or between having the first and the second eye operation, you may experience some vision difficulties. Especially, if there is a big difference in the glasses prescription between the two eyes. You may choose;
1. Whether or not to use your old glasses
2. Or for your optician to remove the lens on one side of the glasses until your final pair of glasses is ready
3. Or you have had the operation in both eyes.