The following instructions should be followed carefully to insure that your surgery will go as smoothly as possible (and bring all of your eye drops with you).
Preliminary Testing: In order to prepare for surgery, certain tests must be completed within 7 days prior to the scheduled surgical date. These may be completed by your family physician, local hospital, or clinic.
Frequently after surgery patients see an occasional black dot or “floater”. This is not unusual. However, should you notice any of the following symptoms please contact our office and do not wait for your next scheduled appointment:
These may indicate a change in the health of your eye, and it is important that you notify our office as soon as possible. DO NOT RUB THE EYE.
These instructions are provided only as a general guideline. Please follow the instructions as provided by your doctor.
Wound Care: Apply cold compresses directly to the wound for the first 24 hours after surgery. These compresses may be prepared by using frozen peas or corn in a ziplock bag. Ice may also be used. The compress should be applied hourly while awake.
Ointment: If you were prescribed ointment, please apply it to the wound 3 times daily using a cotton-tipped swab. If the ointment gets into the eyes, the vision will get blurry.
Protection: For the first week, you may want to use an eye patch or protection while sleeping if you find the stitches irritating.
Cleaning: Clean the surgical or injection site gently with a clean washcloth or cotton ball saturated with warm water. There is no need to vigorously rub the wound. Repeat as necessary to keep the site clean and apply the ointment after cleaning.
Pain Control: Tylenol, 1-2 tablets every 4 to 6 hours should be sufficient. Avoid using Ibuprofen products because they cause bleeding.