Guidelines Following Eye Enucleation

Medications

  • Resume all your medications as soon as you get home.
  • Check with your eye doctor before resuming blood thinners
  • There is usually some discomfort after surgery.
  • Pain be relieved with medications such as Tylenol no. 3. Your doctor will give you a prescription. Please follow the instructions on the bottle.
  • Do NOT take aspirin or aspirin based products unless you check with your eye doctor.
  • If you become constipated, take a mild laxative.

Eye Dressing
If you have an eye dressing on, do not remove it until the doctor tells you to.

Eye Conformer

  • At the time of surgery a conformer is placed under your eyelids. This oval plastic device is approximately the shape of the later artificial eye. It is inserted to to hold the space open underneath the lids.
  • If the conformer slips out (this rarely happens) don’t worry. Simply wash your hands, then wash the conformer and put it back under the lids.
  • Approximately 6 weeks after surgery you will go to visit the ocularist.

Activities

  • Gently wash around the eye with a clean washcloth and warm water.
  • Do NOT get soap or shampoo in your eye.
  • Do NOT rub the eye.
  • Do NOT wear eye make up for at least 6 weeks after surgery.

Follow up
At your follow up appointment your eye doctor will advise you of the following:

  • When to resume driving.
  • When to resume swimming
  • When to resume heavy physical work such as shovelling snow or digging in the garden.
  • When to resume playing sports, excercising or lifting weights.

Call the doctor if:
At your follow up appointment your eye doctor will advise you of the following:

  • You have severe eye pain not relieved by Tylenol
  • You notice any yellow or green or pus-like discharge from the eye.

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).