ALERT CONTENT PLACEHOLDER

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Call your surgeon or your family doctor or come to the Toronto Western Hospital emergency department. If you are from out of town, go to the nearest emergency department if any of these problems below happen to you:

  • Increasing pain that does not get better after taking pain medication.
  • A gush of fluid from your eye.
  • Light flashes or spots (called floaters) in front of your eye.
  • Vision loss or no vision in the operated eye.
  • A fever (temperature higher than 38 ˚C or 101 ˚F).
  • Increasing redness or swelling on your eyelid that does not get better with time.
  • Increasing redness in the operated eye.
  • Nausea (upset stomach) or vomiting that continues for more than 8 hours and does not go away after taking Gravol.
  • Green or yellow pus coming from the operated eye.
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How can I take care of myself when I go home?​

Food

What can I eat and drink after my surgery?
After your surgery, you can eat and drink as usual. If you are feeling nauseated (sick to your stomach) or vomiting, you can:

  • Get anti-nausea medication from your pharmacy without a prescription (such as Gravol, which you can take as a pill or rectally). Always follow the instructions on the package.
  • Keep drinking fluids until the nausea stops. Then gradually eat your usual meals again.

Activity

Go home and rest today. Then, you can go back to your normal activities. You can bend, stoop, cough, bathe, shave, walk outside and watch television. You can also sleep on any side you wish. DO NOT use hot tubs and steam rooms until the surgeon says it’s OK.

Sports

DO NOT do any tiring physical activities or sports like swimming, jogging, aerobics or gardening. Your surgeon will tell you when you can play sports.

Lifting

DO NOT do any activity that might put a lot of pressure or strain on your eye (for example, lifting heavy objects over 5 kilograms or 10 pounds). DO NOT strain when having a bowel movement.

Driving

DO NOT drive a car or operate a vehicle until your surgeon says it's safe to do so.

Work

Your surgeon will tell you when you can go back to work.

Shower/Bath

  • You can take a shower or bath 24 hours after your surgery.
  • Do not get water or soap in your eye. Keep your eye closed while you shower.
  • Use a clean washcloth every time and normal tap water to clean secretions from your lashes or the corner of your eye.
  • Do not wash your eye with any store-bought eyewash.
How do I take care of my eye?
  • It is normal for your eye to be red, uncomfortable, sensitive to light, teary and blurred after your surgery. These symptoms should slowly get better over the next few days and weeks.
  • Your vision will start to get better within a few days, but it can take up to 8 weeks for your eye to fully heal.
  • To protect your operated eye during the day, wear your regular glasses or sunglasses when you go outside.
  • Do not rub, press or let anything touch your eye.
  • Use a clean tissue or facecloth to remove any secretions.

If you go home with a plastic shield:

  • You may go home wearing a plastic shield. Wear it at night for 1 week or as instructed by your surgeon.
  • Ask your Day Surgery nurse for a plastic shield if you are not wearing one.
  • During the day you can use your regular glasses or sunglasses when you go outside.
  • Keep the shield clean by washing it with soap and water every day.
How do I cope with pain?
  • It's normal for your eye to feel itchy and uncomfortable for a couple of days after your surgery. This will get better with time. If your eye is uncomfortable, take the medication that was prescribed to you by your surgeon. Or, take Tylenol Extra Strength as directed on the bottle.
  • DO NOT take Aspirin (ASA) or medication that contains ASA unless your surgeon has told you to. If you take Aspirin every day, ask your surgeon when you can restart it.
How to use your eye drops

We may give you a prescription for eye drops or eye ointment. Take the prescription to a pharmacy to have it filled. Always follow the directions on the package for taking the eye drops or ointment.

If you have never used eye drops before, ask the nurse for the pamphlet called "How to Give Eye Drops".

Bring your eye drops or eye ointment with you to all your follow-up appointments.

When to start your eye drops

If your surgeon asked you to start your drops today (right after your surgery), put them in your eye when you get home.

If you have a shield, remove it to give yourself the drops and then tape it back on. If you have not been asked to start your drops today, you will start your eye drops after your follow-up appointment with your surgeon.

When can I take my usual medication again?

If you have not taken your usual daily medications, take them as soon as you get home.