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After the operation

When you return to the ward you will be offered a drink and something to eat.

A nurse will explain to you how to use the eye drops. An appointment will be made for you for follow-up. We recommend that a friend or relative takes you home from hospital but it is not necessary for them to stay with you overnight.

The day after surgery, you will be telephoned by one of the nurses who will ask you a series of questions to make sure that all is well. Your follow-up appointment should be about three weeks after surgery.

Do's and don'ts after surgery

  • Do use your eye drops as instructed
  • Do continue normal daily activities and moderate exercise such as walking
  • Do bend down to pick things up if you wish
  • Do wear your old glasses if you find them helpful
  • Don't rub or press the eye
  • Don't carry out strenuous activities such as heavy lifting
  • Don't swim until after your post-operative visit
  • Don't drive until your doctor has told you that it is safe to do so

You will be advised about returning to work by your doctor. When you return to work largely depends on the type of work you do. Office workers may return to work within a week but manual workers may need to take two weeks off work.

You will need to contact the eye department without delay if you notice any of the following symptoms:

  • Increasing pain
  • Rapid loss of vision
  • Increased redness or discharge
  • Flashing lights, floaters or a curtain across your vision

 

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