What to do after the procedure
What to do after treatment
- You will be offered light refreshments before leaving the centre.
- You must be transported home by car or taxi (NOT on public transport) with an appropriate carer who is available to take care of you overnight.
- We encourage you to go home or to other accommodation, and sleep or close your eyes for three to four hours. Aim to have a restful day and evening.
- Avoid rubbing or pressing on the eye and the prying fingers of a child or baby.
You will be instructed which drops to use and when they must be administered. Use only the prescribed eye drops, as directed, and continue using these drops until told to stop.
It is generally easier if someone else administers these drops for you, particularly in the first few days.
General Do’s and Don’ts
- Follow any post-operative instructions given to you by your surgeon
- Moderate physical activity is allowed, but do not lift heavy weights and avoid straining – nothing over THREE full shopping bags.
- Dark glasses may be worn during the day if necessary for comfort
- If eye shields have been recommended these should be worn at night for the first three nights
- Do not drive until advised by your surgeon
- Reading and watching television is allowed – wear your glasses if they help
- Do not wash your hair for ONE week. If your hair must be washed, we advise you use dry shampoo or visit the hairdresser. However please ensure no water goes into your eye.
- Some minor discomfort is normal and may be relieved by taking two paracetamol tablets
- Check with your doctor when you can return to work
- Do not rub your eye
- Do not attend any gardening for at least ONE week
- Do not get any water in or around your eye for ONE week. You may use a damp washer to gently clean your face
- Do not bend forward – squat down using your knees
- Contact your doctor if there is any increase of pain or discomfort, or your eye becomes excessively red
- The Doctor will advise if glasses are required once the healing process is complete
- You may be required to visit your Surgeon the following day