After Detachment


  • 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 tissue 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 four weeks.
  • Tub baths are preferred. Avoid bending over for hair washing.

Follow up

  • 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 be seen by your own physician or optometrist within 24 hours, Misericordia Health Centre is open 24/7 for eye emergencies (present at Patient Registration through 99 Cornish Avenue entrance) OR visit an Urgent Care Centre OR visit an Emergency Department where a physician will do an assessment of your eye issue and make a referral to an ophthalmologist if required.

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