Special Instructions for the period after your eye operation

  1. n the first few days after the operation you may suffer from double vision. This is quite normal and will go away after a few days.
  2. In the first few weeks avoid pressing or rubbing your eye.
  3. Clean your eyelids and the area around your eyes regularly, preferably with luke-warm water and a face cloth.
  4. Even in the first few days following an operation you may take a shower, a bath or wash your hair. Ensure that no soap or shampoo gets into the eyes.
  5. In general you can resume normal daily activities without any restrictions. For example, you may bend down, take exercise, go to the sauna and carry out normal jobs in the house or garden.
  6. On the days before and after an operation diabetics should pay particular attention to their sugar levels.
  7. After the operation your old spectacles will no longer be of any use, as one of the main reasons for undergoing an eye operation is to enable you to wear either very weak spectacles or none at all. Provisional replacement glasses can then be swapped for the proper glasses within 4 - 6 weeks.
  8. Reading, writing and watching TV are allowed without restriction from right after the operation.
  9. Just after the operation it is normal for patients to be sensitive to bright lights and glare. If this is the case, wear a normal pair of sunglasses.
  10. Occasional itching or a feeling that there is something in the operated eye is also normal and goes away with time


Using the prescribed eye drops:

Wash your hands Shake the bottle well Tilt your head back Open your eyes and look upwards Pull the lower eyelid out and downwards using the thumb and index finger to form a pouch Drip two drops into this pouch Close your eyes and let your lower eyelid go Keep your eyes closed for roughly 3 to 5 minutes

Eye doctor check-ups

Possible eventualities

You determine the check-up dates with your ophthalmologist based on the findings of the examination and the normal course of recovery.
If unexpected problems arise, under no circumstances should you simply wait for the next check-up appointment.
Contact your eye specialist immediately if

  1. your eyesight suddenly deteriorates
  2. your eyesight slowly gets worse instead of improving
  3. you notice a dark area in your eye
  4. flashes suddenly appear when you move your head or your eyes
  5. there is prolonged pain around the recently operated eye
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