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Opthalmology

Cataract Surgery

What to Expect for a Cataract Surgery

Types of anesthesia

Sedation, where you may or may not know what is going on when the procedure starts

Day of discharge

You will be discharged the same day.

What to expect after surgery and post-surgical care

  • May have a “scratchy” feeling in the operated eye
  • Make sure to put multiple eyedrops as directed by your doctor on your operated eye. Occasionally, oral medications will be given to prevent infection and inflammation.
  • Wear a protective clear shield over the operated eye and while you sleep for the period time your doctor recommends
  • Do not put pressure over the operated eye and do not sleep on the side of the operated eye
  • No chewing on hard, crunchy foods, and snacks for few days.
  • No showering or avoid water being entered into the operated eye
  • Slowing improvement of eyesight over time

Activities (Please follow the detailed instructions given by your doctor)

  • No operating machinery after the procedure for 24 hours
  • No bending down
  • Do not strain your bowel movement
  • Take it easy and go slow on normal activities, including exercising, then work your way up to your normal pace in activities overtime
  • No swimming

When to contact a doctor

  • Sudden lost of vision
  • Pain in the eye even after taking acetaminophen
  • Experiencing a shadow or a curtain affect your vision

Cornea Transplant

What to Expect for a Cornea Transplant

Types of anesthesia

Sedation with a special block to numb your operated eye, that means you may or may not know what is going on when the procedure starts.

Day of discharge

You will usually be discharged the same day of surgery. Some instances will require an overnight stay at the hospital.

What to expect after surgery and post-surgical care

  • Bruises around the wound
  • Pain: you will experience pain at the location where the incisions are made. In addition, you may experience shoulder or upper back pains. The shoulder or upper back pain usually resolves itself over 24 to 72 hours.
  • An upset stomach and occasional vomiting can occur. Please let your doctors (anesthesiologist and surgeon) know if you have history of nausea or vomiting during a car ride or after surgery.
  • Muscle aches can occur due to excessive lying in the operating room table without moving
  • Diarrhea
  • Minor inflammation or drainage at the surgical would sites
  • Loss of appetite for few days.

Activities (Please follow the detailed instructions given by your doctor)

  • Bed rest and gradually increase activities
  • Return to normal activities in 7 to 10 days

When to contact a doctor

  • Increasing abdominal girth and pale (emergency room visit)
  • Persistent or worsening of abdominal pain despite of pain medication
  • Infection of an incision
  • Fever > 101°F
  • Anorexia, persistent vomiting and dehydration

Retina Surgery

What to Expect for a Retina Surgery

Types of anesthesia

General anesthesia or sedation with a special block to numb your operated eye, that means you may not know what is going on when the procedure starts.

Day of discharge

You will be discharged the same day

What to expect after surgery and post-surgical care

  • Make sure to put multiple eye drops for your operated eye. Oral medication will be given for preventing infection, swelling, and pain.
  • Wear a protective eye patch or shield over the operated eye
  • Do not put pressure over the operated eye and do not sleep on the side where the eye had surgery
  • No showering or avoid water being entered into the operated eye for first 24 hours
  • Keep your eye drops in a small bag or set an area and apply eye drop as your doctor instructed

Activities (Please follow the detailed instructions given by your doctor)

  • No operating machinery after procedure for 24 hours
  • Do not bend from the waist or lift any objects greater than 10lbs
  • Take it easy and go slow on normal activities, including exercising, to work your way up to your normal activities

When to contact a doctor

  • If you experience severe persistent pain of operative eye

Strabismus Surgery

What to Expect for a Strabismus Surgery

Types of anesthesia

Sedation with a special block to numb your operated eye or general anesthesia, that means you may or may not know what is going on when the procedure starts.

Day of discharge

You will be discharged the same day.

What to expect after surgery and post-surgical care

  • Your eye(s) will be red and somewhat sore
  • You will feel something in your eye but the sensation will subside in few days.
  • You may see bright red blood in the surgical area (usually inside or outside corner of the eye)
  • The eye redness should fade within two to three weeks.
  • No showering or avoid dirty water entering into the operated eye for 2 weeks

Activities (Please follow the detailed instructions given by your doctor)

  • No operating machinery after the procedure for 24 hours
  • Take it easy and go slow on normal activities, including exercising, to work your way up to your normal activities
  • No swimming for 2 weeks

When to contact a doctor

  • Increase redness, pain or swelling
  • Pus like discharge
  • Persistent nausea and vomiting over several hours

Tear Duct Surgery

What to Expect for a Tear Duct Surgery

Types of anesthesia

General anesthesia, that means you may or may not know what is going on when the procedure starts.

Day of discharge

You will be discharged the same day.

What to expect after surgery and post-surgical care

  • You will see a stent tube on the inside corner of your eye (Please do not pull or cut this tube). The tube has to stay in place until your doctor removes it.

Activities (Please follow the detailed instructions given by your doctor)

  • No operating machinery after the procedure for 24 hours
  • Take it easy and go slow on normal activities, including exercising, to work your way up to your normal activities
  • No swimming for 2 weeks

When to contact a doctor

  • If the tube came out half way, please do not remove the tube. Immediately call for an appointment
  • Pus like discharge
  • Persistent nausea and vomiting over several hours

Trabeculectomy

What to Expect for a Trabeculectomy

Types of anesthesia

Sedation with a special block to numb your operated eye, that means you may or may not know what is going on when the procedure starts.

Day of discharge

You will be discharged the same day.

What to expect after surgery and post-surgical care

  • Your eyelids will be taped shut and a hardcover is placed over your eye
  • Wear the dressing over the operated eye during the first night. A shield should be used after the first night for up to month.
  • Must apply a topical corticosteroid for 1-2 months after surgery to decrease the inflammation
  • No showering or avoid water entering into the operated eye

Activities (Please follow the detailed instructions given by your doctor)

  • No operating machinery after the procedure for 24 hours.
  • Take it easy and go slow on normal activities, including exercising, to work your way up to your normal activities.

When to contact a doctor

  • Infection