Guidelines Following Eye Enucleation

Following eye enucleation   Après une énucléation de l’œil

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 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, 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).

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