Guidelines following Corneal Graft Surgery

Medications

  • Resume all your MEDICATIONS as soon as you get home.
  • Check with your eye doctor before resuming blood thinners.
  • Mild pain may be relieved with medication such as Tylenol or extra-strength Tylenol.
  • If you become constipated, take a mild laxative.

Vision

  • You may have the feeling of ‘something in the eye’. This is normal and is due to stitches.
  • Improvement in vision varies from person to person and is dependent on several factors.
  • Improvement may be slow and can take up to three months.
  • You may experience double vision which is normal and will usually disappear.
  • You may be light sensitive, especially in the first few weeks. Wear sunglasses or clip-ons.
  • Avoid environments where dust or dirt is blowing; or other possible eye irritants such as smoke filled rooms or strong fumes.
  • Your eye may tear a lot. Wipe yuor eye using a clean ‘kleenex’ each time.

Activities

  • Avoid rubbing or touching the eye.
  • If specific positioning is ordered by your doctor it should be maintained for 45 minutes out of every hour.
  • Increase daily activities, as the comfort of your eye permits. Rest your eye often.
  • You may read, watch TV, do computer work with MODERATION.
  • You may go for short walks or for a short drive (as a passenger).
  • Tape your eye shield over your affected eye at night. Remove eye shield in the morning.
  • Use cold compresses to the affected eye for 15-20 minutes four times a day. Take a clean face cloth and run it under cold water. Squeeze the face cloth well and lay over the affected eye.
  • Do not lift anything over 10 pounds.
  • Do not swim for the next 4 weeks.
  • Tub baths are preferred. Avoid bending over for hair washing.

Follow up

  • Please bring all your eye medications to your next eye doctor’s appointment.
  • At your follow up appointment your eye doctor will advise you of the following:
    • When to resume driving.
    • How long to wear your eye shield at bedtime.
    • When to renew your eye glass prescription.
    • When to resume your usual positioning.

Call the eye doctor if

  • You notice increasing redness or swelling of the eye or lining of the eye.
  • You notice any green or pus-like discharge from the eye.
  • You have severe eye pain not relieved by Tylenol
  • You notice a sudden change in your vision

IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO REACH THE DOCTOR RETURN TO MISERICORDIA HEALTH CENTRE WHICH IS OPEN 24/7 FOR EMERGENCY EYE CARE. PLEASE PRESENT AT PATIENT REGISTRATION (99 CORNISH ENTRANCE).