Here is a sample of our aftercare instructions. Please note, these are
generic and you will receive more specific surgery aftercare instructions
based upon actual surgery.
Stitches:If you have stitches, apply the antibiotic ointment to the stitches 4 times a day, as well as on the surface of the eyeball every night by rubbing it gently into the corner using a clean finger, until your stitches are removed at your 1 week follow-up appointment. Eye make-up may be applied 7 days after the stitches are removed. If you had surgery on your lower lids you may feel a small bump on the outside corner of your eye. This is a dissolvable stitch that the body will absorb over the next 8 weeks.
Common Experiences Following Surgery: Blood-tinged tears or secretions: Dab gently with a Kleenex or a warm wash cloth. DO NOT rub the eye and DO NOT use soap near the eye. Bruising: This varies greatly and is often related to how easily you bleed. Swelling: Expect a lot of swelling. The swelling will be the greatest between the 2nd and 4th day after surgery. The swelling can last up to 6 weeks, but typically lasts 1 to 2 weeks. Swelling can be reduced by sleeping with your head above the level of your heart. This can be accomplished by sleeping on extra pillows or in a recliner. Ice packs/crushed ice/frozen peas should be applied every hour for 20 minutes while you are awake. Do not ice more than 20-30 minutes at a time. You may switch to warm compresses after 72 hours. Your eyelids may not close completely due to the swelling. To prevent drying of the eye, use artificial tears during the day and apply a small amount of the antibiotic ointment into the lower lid of the eyes before bed.
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