What is normal after your operation?
The first 1-2 days you may notice:
- a gritty feeling, as if there is something in your eye. Some patients call this slight discomfort but occaisonally this can be painful (so we give you pain killing drops and tablets in case youneed them)
- some redness of the white of the eye
- a little tearing
- some difficulty in bright lights
- some swelling of the eyelids and difficulty opening eyes
- some variation in your vision: as time goes on vision is likely to get sharper. This has to do with wound healing, which may vary in different patients
The vision starts to settle after the first day but may take a few weeks to settle completely.
What can you do after the operation?
- read normally
- look at the television normally
- use sunglasses if they are comfortable to you
- wash your face, without putting pressure on the operated eye and making sure you keep your eye closed, so water cannot enter it
- wash your hair, without putting pressure on the operated eye and making sure you keep your eye closed, so water cannot enter it
- go out normally. Sunglasses are advisable until your first check up.
It is advisable to allow a week off work although you should normally be able to resume work after 2-3 days.
What you must do after the operation
- put the eye drops in as instructed
- cover your eye during the night with the shield provided (this prevents you from accidentally rubbing or knocking your eye whilst asleep)
When you should get worried about the healing:
- pain in the eye, that does not start settling after 1-2 day
- pus coming out of the eye
- vision that suddenly detoriates