Guidelines following Corneal Graft Surgery
- 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.
- 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 your eye using a clean ‘kleenex’ each time.
- 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.
- 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).