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.

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.

Caring for your eye

You will have a dressing covering your eye. Keep the dressing on for 48 hours after you are discharged, then remove it. While the dressing is on, 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 your dressing, apply the ointment 2 times a day in your eye until your follow-up appointment. If you run out before your appointment, check with your pharmacy for refills or call our office.

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.

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Schedule A Follow-up Appointment

You will need to schedule your follow-up appointment after you’re discharged from the hospital. Call your doctor’s office to schedule the appointment.

Schedule your appointment for ___________________ after your surgery.

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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.

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Contact Information

If you have questions or concerns, contact a member of your ophthalmology team. You can reach them Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at the numbers listed below.

  • Adult ophthalmology office: 212-744-1700
  • Pediatric ophthalmology office: 212-639-7232

After 5:00 pm, during the weekend, and on holidays, call 212-639-2000 and ask for the ophthalmology doctor on call. You can also call the numbers below.

Doctor:________________________ Telephone: __________________

Physician assistant:________________ Telephone: _________________

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