After the operation – at home

If you suffer from glaucoma, it is very important that you continue with your regular eye drops as usual. Your eye might be sensitive to the light for a few days after the procedure, and the eye may have a mild watery discharge. It is quite normal to feel mild discomfort after the operation. This may include itchy and/or sticky eyelids. One to two days after the operation, this mild discomfort will start to subside. If you have discomfort, we suggest that you take paracetamol or your regular choice of painkiller every four to six hours, in accordance with correct dosage. (Avoid aspirin unless it has been prescribed). Vision in the healing eye may be blurred when reading or watching TV as the eye heals and the new lens stabilises. Call us immediately if you experience:

Important post-operative information

Driving

Flying
Our recommendations are to wait until your post-operative visit before you fly. However, if it is unavoidable that you fly, we ask that you wait one week following your surgery to do so. If you plan to fly before you are discharged we recommend you inform your travel/health insurance company.

Working
Your return to work date is dependent upon the nature of the work. If you work in a clean environment with no requirements for lifting you may be able to resume work after one week. However, if this is not the case then you may need to wait for 2 weeks before returning to work. If you are unsure about when you can return to work, please contact us.

Four week follow-up
At your follow-up visit four weeks after surgery, you should be close to finishing or have recently finished your eye drops. Please do not drive to this appointment as eye drops will be used to dilate the pupil, which may blur your vision. The optician will examine your eye after the pupil has been dilated. He or she will then do one of the following: