Guidelines Following Tear Duct Surgery

It may take up to 24 hours for you to have fully recovered from the effects of the sedation or anesthesia given to you during the surgery. Despite the fact that you will be awake prior to discharge your reactions and judgements may be impaired, therefore:

  • A responsible adult must accompany you when leaving the hospital and stay with you for the first night after surgery.
  • You are advised not to drive a vehicle, operate machinery or make any important decisions for 24 hours following surgery.
  • The use of bus service is also not permitted.

Dressing

  • Unless your doctor has given you special instructions, DO NOT TOUCH the eye dressing until the doctor removes it at your follow-up appointment.

Medications

  • Resume all your MEDICATIONS as soon as you get home.
  • Check with your eye doctor before resuming blood thinners.
  • There is usually minimal discomfort the day of surgery. Pain may be relieved with medications such as Tylenol or Extra-Strength Tylenol. DO NOT take aspirin or aspirin based products unless you check with your eye doctor.
  • If you become constipated, take a mild laxative.

Activities

  • You may resume all your normal daily activities including reading, watching television and doing computer work as the comfort of your eye permits. Rest your eye often.
  • DO NOT rub the inner corner of your eye or you could dislodge the tube.
  • DO NOT blow your nose for one week.
  • Avoid environments where dust or dirt is blowing; or other possible eye irritants such as smoke filled rooms or strong fumes.

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

  • When to resume wearing make up
  • When to lift anything over 10 pounds
  • When to resume swimming

Call the doctor if:

  • You have severe eye pain not relieved by Tylenol
  • You notice any 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).

If any bleeding occurs, pinch nostrils for 15 minutes. If bleeding persists, go to your nearest Urgent Care or Emergency Department.