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.
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.
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.Back to top
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 listed in the “Contact Information” section.Back to top
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.Back to top
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact 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, please call 212-639-2000 and ask for the ophthalmology doctor on call. Additionally, you can try the numbers listed below:
Doctor:________________________ Telephone: _____________________
Physician assistant:________________ Telephone: _____________________Back to top