After the operation – in the ward

You will be accompanied back to the ward by one of our staff. Your eye will be covered with an eye shield. Eye drops will be given to you to prevent infection and reduce any post-operative swelling. Written post-operative care instructions and instructions on how and when to use the drops will be provided to you. The staff will give you a booklet explaining your drops. It also has a chart that can be used to record when you need to instill your drops and for you to complete when you have instilled them. Many patients find this very useful. It is very important to remember to put your eye drops in your eye as directed, in order to prevent infection or inflammation. Infection in the eye can lead to permanent loss of vision.