The Dos and Don’ts After Glaucoma Surgery
You’ve finally had your surgery, now it’s time to relax and allow your eyes some time to recover. It is extremely important to take special care to protect your eyes from injury.
Here are some tips to ensure a speedy and healthy recovery…
- Following surgery, you should wear your glasses during the day. Then at night, you should wear your eye shield for a minimum of 2 weeks (or as long as you are advised to by your surgeon)
- You can continue to read and watch TV.
- The day after surgery you can shower but be careful to avoid shampoo, soap, hair spray etc going in your eyes, especially for the first week
- If you find that your eyes are feeling sensitive to light, you can wear sunglasses to reduce any discomfort
- Wash your hands before applying your eye drops to avoid infections.
- You will need to get into a strict routine of using your eye drops as instructed. You may benefit from creating a chart to keep track of this or downloading an app to help you remember to take your drops.
- Do not wear contact lenses until you have the all clear from your surgeon. We strongly recommend this as wearing contacts can have an impact on the healing process of your eyes
- Do not wear eye make up for at least two weeks. We also advise avoiding wearing face cream
- We strongly advise not putting pressure on your eyes for at least three weeks. By putting pressure on your eye, you are at risk of disrupting the healing process of your eyes
- Following surgery, it is important to not bend over or do any strenuous activities such as biking, jogging, upside down yoga or weight lifting until your surgeon has approved it.
- It is best to avoid touching the tip of the bottle with your fingers. You should also make sure that the tip of the bottle does not touch your eye.
To ensure that you have the best recovery possible, please make sure to follow the instructions your surgeon has given you. These are extremely important to follow as they have been provided to ensure that your eyes have full protection following your surgery.
Ms Bola Odufuwa MBBS DO FRCS (Ed) FRCOphth MSc
Consultant Ophthalmologist/Clinic Director