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What to Expect After Your Eye Surgery

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

Your surgery is scheduled for: _______________________________.

After Your Surgery

Caring for your eye

After your surgery, you will have a dressing covering your eye. Keep the dressing on for ____ days, 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 your dressing is removed, but do not submerge your head underwater (in bathtubs, swimming pools or the ocean) until 2 weeks after your surgery.

After you have removed your dressing, you can clean your eye, as needed. Use water and a clean cloth.

Your doctor will give you a prescription for ___________________________ ointment. After you removed your 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.

Try not to rub, press, or bump your eye.

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. You may have tearing, a “scratchy” feeling, and mild discomfort in the area. You may also experience some double vision, but this is less likely. These side effects should go away within a few weeks.

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 when 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: _____________________