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What to Expect After Your Eye Plaque Surgery

This information explains how to care for your eye after your plaque surgery. In this resource, the words “you” and “your” refer to you or your child.

Your surgery is scheduled for: _______________________________.

After Your Surgery

Now that your plaque has been removed, you can be around people and you will not be radioactive.

You will have a dressing covering your eye. Keep the dressing on for 48 hours after you are discharged, then remove. While the dressing is on, do not put your head under water and shower only from the neck down. You can shower as usual after you remove your dressing.

Your doctor will give you a prescription for __________________________ointment. After you remove the dressing, apply the ointment 2 times a day in your eye until your follow-up appointment. If you run out before your appointment, ask your pharmacy to call our office.

Ask your primary doctor or specialist when you can resume taking anticoagulants (blood thinners) and any other medications that you were instructed to stop taking before surgery. You can resume taking fish oils, vitamin E, and aspirin 48 hours after your surgery.

Side Effects

For the first few weeks after your surgery, the area around your eye may be bruised and swollen. There may also be watery or pinkish drainage, a “scratchy” feeling, and mild discomfort in the area. This is normal and will go away within a few days. You may also experience some double vision, but this is less likely.

Call Your Doctor or Nurse if You Have:

  • Pain that is not relieved by acetaminophen (Tylenol®)
  • Intense headaches
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Bleeding through the dressing
  • Yellow or green drainage

If you have a temperature of 100.4° F (38° C) or higher, call your doctor immediately.

Follow-up Appointment

You will need to schedule your follow-up appointment after you are discharged from the hospital.

Schedule your appointment for _______________________ after your surgery.

Call your doctor’s office at one of the numbers below.

Contact Information

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your ophthalmology team.

Adult ophthalmology office: (212) 744-1700

Pediatric ophthalmology office: (212) 639-7232

Additionally, you can try the numbers listed below:

Doctor:________________________ Telephone: _____________________

Physician assistant:________________ Telephone: _____________________