After your surgery:
- Apply cold compresses (take clean washcloths and soak in ice water then ring out) for the first 48 hours after surgery. Apply to eyes 20 minutes every hour. You do not have to get up in the middle of the night to apply cold compresses.
- Wear dark sunglasses during your trip home. You may be sensitive to light.
- The ointment used during your surgery may make your vision blurry. This is temporary and usually goes away within 24 hours.
- Do not wear contact lenses until at least 2 weeks after your surgery. You can wear eyeglasses.
- It is important to rest during the first 3 to 4 days after your surgery. To Do this:
- Avoid activities such as heavy lifting and exercise.
- Let your doctor know if you are having nausea or cold symptoms. It’s important for you to avoid sneezing, coughing and vomiting, as much as you can. These activities can raise your blood pressure and cause bleeding at your surgical sites.
- Avoid bending at the waist or lifting items heavier than 5 pounds for 2 weeks after your surgery. Talk with your surgeon before resuming activities such as lifting and exercise.
- Rest and sleep with your head raised with 2 to 3 pillows for 2 weeks or as directed by your surgeon. This will help prevent swelling at your surgical sites.
- Your eyes may look swollen and/or bruised after surgery. The eyelid swelling is usually worse early in the morning and will get better during the day as you sit or walk. You may see swelling in your cheeks and jawline. This will start to get better 2 to 3 weeks after your surgery.
Showering and applying makeup
You may shower from the neck down any time after your surgery. Do not take full a shower until your surgeon tells you it is safe to do so. This is usually 5 days after surgery. Once you are cleared to take full showers you may wash your eyelids and shampoo your hair with mild products, such as baby shampoo.
Do not apply creams or make up (i.e., eye shadow, eye liner, mascara) to your surgical sites for 2 weeks after your surgery. You may use creams and makeup on the rest of your face.
Your sutures (stitches) will be removed at your next appointment one week after surgery.
Call your Doctor or Nurse if you experience the following:
- A temperature of 101° F (38.3 C°) or higher
- Shaking/ chills
- Nausea or vomiting
- Increased pain, swelling, or redness at your surgical sites that are getting worse, or continuous drainage from your suture lines
- Sudden shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Any unexplained or unexpected symptoms
If you have any questions or concerns please call your surgeon’s office at 541-754-1271