Guidelines Following Eye Enucleation
- 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.
If you have an eye dressing on, do not remove it until the doctor tells you to.
- 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 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.
- 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.
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, exercising or lifting weights.
Call the doctor if
- 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).