Eyelid, Lacrimal, or Orbital Surgery
1. Do not take aspirin for one week before surgery unless you have been
instructed that you should continue taking aspirin due to a medical
condition. Ibuprofen, naproxen, Motrin®, Nuprin®, Aleve® and other non-
steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs should be stopped for one week before
surgery. These medicines increase the risk of bleeding at the time of
2. Arrange to have someone drive you to and from the hospital.
3. If you have any questions, please call your doctor.
4. Read and follow all instructions carefully.
- You must rest quietly for 24 to 48 hours. Too much activity may cause bleeding. Be sure to avoid bending, lifting, or straining for one week. Avoid intense exercise for at least two weeks. After that, exercise may be gradually increased.
- For the first 48 hours, do not drive a car or engage in activities that depend on your coordination. Medicines and anesthetic agents may affect your judgment and ability to stay alert.
- You may shower and shampoo in 48 hours. Gently blot your face dry, avoid rubbing.
Start with clear liquids. Add more food to your diet as you feel ready. Hot drinks should be avoided for 48 hours after tear duct surgery.
1. Swelling should be expected. To help make the swelling less, use cold, wet
compresses. Use compresses as often as possible the first 2 days.
To make a cold compress, place ice cubes into a bowl and add a quart of water. Soak a washcloth in the ice water, wring about half of the water out, fold washcloth in half, and gently place it on your eyelids. Repeat the process when the washcloth becomes warm.
2. Sleep with 2-3 pillows under your head. Keep your head up to help to
reduce the swelling.
You can expect a small amount of bleeding. In most cases the bleeding will be less by using cold, wet compresses. Keeping your head up with extra pillows when you lie down also reduces bleeding. Call your doctor if bleeding increases.
Bruising or a change in the color of the skin, will take 2 to 3 weeks to clear. Using cold compresses for the first 36 to 48 hours will help to reduce it. After 48 hours, you may use warm compresses to make the bruising less.
If you have pain, take Tylenol® as instructed on the package. If needed, a stronger medicine will be prescribed for you. This, along with the cold compresses, should keep you comfortable. Call your doctor if the pain is not relieved by medicines.
You will be asked to use ointment on the stitches two to three times a day for at least one to two weeks. The ointment may be put on with a Q-TipÒor with your finger after your hands are washed. Continue your regular medicines and eye drops, unless told to do otherwise.
Your stitches may absorb. To absorb, they must be kept moist with ointment. Non-absorbable stitches will be removed in the clinic in 1-2 weeks.
University Station Eye Clinic, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
When the clinic is closed, your call will be forwarded to the hospital paging operator. Ask for the “Eye Resident on Call”. Give the operator your name and phone number with area code. The doctor will call you back.
If you live out of the area, call 1-800-323-8942 and ask to be transferred to the above number.
Please call if you have any questions or concerns.
The Spanish version of this Health Facts for You is #6528.
The information provided should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions. Call 911 for all medical emergencies. Any duplication or distribution of the information contained herein is strictly prohibited.
Last Updated: 07/08/2013
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