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You want to ensure that you (or your loved one) can go home safely after the surgery, as your vision will not be fully operational for the first few hours after surgery. When you get home, you should take a 3 to 4-hour nap to begin the healing process. During this time, you may experience cloudiness or white haze in your vision. This will generally subside after 24 hours. If you are experiencing discomfort, you can take a mild pain killer such as aspirin or Tylenol. The first day after your surgery, you will return to your doctor’s office for a follow-up consultation. Our specialists recommend the following tips to our patients:
It is important to keep your eyes extremely clean after surgery.
Avoid wearing makeup or rubbing your eyes and stay away from swimming pools or hot tubs. All of these things increase you risk of infection or of slowing the healing process.
Take special care to not allow your eyes to experience any trauma for the first month.
You’ll be given special eye drops by our experts after the surgery. Every person is different, so there will be instructions tailored specifically to your situation based on your symptoms and what procedure you had performed. Follow these directions closely to ensure that your eyes are healing as quickly and efficiently as possible. As a general rule of thumb, apply the eye drops at breakfast, lunch, dinner, and before bed. Use the eye drops even if your eyes feel okay as they are vital to maintaining the health and well-being of your eyes. It is normal to experience some stinging at first but that will subside in a short period of time.
You will likely experience daily fluctuation in vision over the first few months after your surgery. This is perfectly normal. Such disturbances include haze, halos, glare, and light sensitivity. Due to these changes, make sure not to drive unless you are confident in your vision. Wear sunglasses, especially outside, but even inside when you are experiencing sensitivity. Because you may unconsciously rub your eyes when you are sleeping, make sure to put on the protective eye shields every time you go to bed.
Keep your eyes clean and dry every day. When showering or bathing, take care not to get soap or water out of your eyes.
Avoid situations that involve excess dirt, dust, or any sort of potential danger to your eyes. This includes heavy lifting due to strain and any sort of contact sport. Injury to your eye will make the post-operative healing process unpleasant and may even have negative consequences to the long-term health of your vision.
You will most likely experience dry eyes frequently in the first few weeks after your surgery. You will need to use lubricating eye drops every hour for the first two weeks, and then as needed for the following weeks. Speak with your doctor to determine which eye drops are best for you, and make sure to follow his or her directions thoroughly.
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