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Your continued eye health is our number one priority. As such, we urge you to strictly adhere to our post-operative care guidelines in order to ensure the success of your procedure, preserve your vision and prevent complications.

What to expect during each stage of your recovery

Prior to surgery

Please make sure you have filled your prescribed medications before the day of your surgery, as you will need to start using them right away.

Immediately after surgery

Immediately after the surgery you will be taken into the recovery room with dark glasses on. You will be in this area for about 30 minutes to one hour to recover from the effects of the anesthesia sedation.

Discharge from the surgical center

You will be discharged ONLY when you have recovered sufficiently from the anesthetic effects and been evaluated by a physician. Home-care instructions will be reviewed with you and the person assisting in your care. We suggest that someone stays with you for the first 24 hours after your surgery, but this is not necessary. You MUST have someone pick you up to drive you home after the surgery. The person can wait for you or we will call them when you are ready to go home. They must be available to pick you up when you are ready to leave the surgical center.

Your recovery period at home

  • DO NOT put anything in the operated eye except the medications prescribed for you by our doctors for use after surgery.
  • You should wear protective glasses for one week when you are outside. Wear the sunglasses provided, since most other varieties do not provide adequate protection (rated UV 400, or better). You can wear regular, clear glasses when you are inside. If your own glasses adversely affect the vision in your operated eye, the prescription lens can be replaced with a non-corrective lens until the eye is healed (about 4 to 3 months after surgery).
  • Continue using all medications you were using in your other eye.
  • Please be aware that after your surgery your eyes will be irritated and light sensitive. Your eyes may burn, sting and tear excessively and you may feel a foreign body sensation. Do not rub your eyes. Use Tylenol to help with any pain after surgery (560 – 1000 mg every 4 hours as needed).
  • If necessary, you may gently dab-dry the corner of the eyelids and lashes.
  • Take it easy for a few hours. The medications used to calm you during surgery will be in your system for approximately 24 hours, so you might feel tired.

For the first 24 hours after surgery, do not:

  • Drive a car
  • Operate machinery or power tools
  • Drink any alcoholic beverages
  • Make any important decisions or sign important papers
  • Strain or lift heavy objects
  • Shower or wash your head
  • Remove the protective shield
  • Sleep with pets or on unclean linens

Post-operative medication regimen

Week 1

Please allow at least 5 minutes between different types of drops.

Vigamox: Please use these drops until Thursday or discontinue using them earlier if you run out of this medication before Thursday.

Week 2

Please allow at least 5 minutes between different types of drops.

Vigamox: Please use these drops until Thursday or discontinue using them earlier if you run out of this medication before Thursday.

Week 3

Please allow at least 5 minutes between different types of drops.

Pred Forte: Please note that the number of drops starts to decrease on Monday. Please discontinue using Pred Forte on Friday.

Bromday: Please use this medication until the bottle is finished.

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