What Can I Expect?
Some bruising, swelling and discomfort will be expected, which is often worse the second day after surgery.
Tearing and light sensitivity is expected, but only for a short duration.
Some oozing of blood from the wound is typical for the first day after surgery.
How Do I Care For Myself?
Usually only a non-aspirin mild pain medication is needed after surgery, since severe discomfort or pan is rare.
Apply cold compresses or ice several times in the first 24 hours to reduce swelling and bruising (ten minutes on, ten minutes off).
Eye drops or an eye ointment may be prescribed.
Sutures are usually removed within one (1) week of surgery. The incision line should be cleaned 2 to 3 times a day with saline or hydrogen peroxide, and then a thin layer antibiotic ointment be applied. A thin layer of Aquaphor (or Vaseline) may be applied.
Sunglasses may be worn to reduce light sensitivity
Apply warm compresses to reduce crusting of eyes, which may appear in the first two (2) days after surgery.
Wear contact lenses for the first five (5) days after surgery.
Exercise, lift or strain during the first two (2) weeks after surgery.
Use non-prescription medication for the first two (2) weeks — especially medications containing aspirin.
Swim — until approved by your physician
Remove the dressing(s).
Scrub, wash or massage your eyes. Do not wear make-up until approved by your physician.
IF YOU HAD A CHEMICAL PEEL OR LASER SURGERY:
Keep the area moist with A&D ointment or Aquaphor at all times during the first 5 to 7 days following surgery or until seen at the office.
After 24 hours, the area can be cleansed with full or half-strength hydrogen peroxide. Be sure to reapply the A&D ointment or Aquaphor. Repeat this process three (3) times a day.
DO NOT apply cover make—up until approved by your physician.