Guide to Patient Care Following Eye Surgery

 By: Kate Dawson
If you are going to be having eye surgery or someone in your family is then you should know what patient care is involved following the surgery. Of course your eye doctor will tell you what steps need to be taken, however it is always a good idea to be prepared so you know exactly what to do when the time comes. Although the recovery period following eye surgery is relatively short, it is important that you do not over do it as this can prevent quick or correct healing.

Immediately following the surgery you will be taken into the recovery room. It is sensible to rest quietly here for at least one hour. This gives the anaesthetic time to wear off and allows you to have maybe a small doze. You will not be able to drive a car following surgery and even getting the bus could present a challenge. It is a good idea to have a family member or friend come and pick you up. Alternatively you could have a taxi booked. If you are going to be using a taxi, make sure the driver knows that extra assistance may be required.

Once you are at home you should simply rest in a dimly lit room. Avoiding bright lights and the television is important. Reading a book or newspaper could also place too much strain on your newly treated eyes. Instead just having a sleep is sensible. When you are asleep the body has a good opportunity to start healing itself. You should not touch your eyes at all following surgery. Goggles may be given to you in order to prevent this from happening by accident. The eyes may well be uncomfortable and slightly itchy following the surgery which can make you automatically go to rub them. This can be very dangerous.

You should try not to get water in your eyes for a few days and avoiding smoky or very dusty environments is imperative. If you work in an environment like this then leave of a few weeks may be necessary. Otherwise patients can often return to work two days following surgery. Your eye surgeon may have given you eye drops to take for a few weeks after surgery. These are for preventing infection and helping to reduce any inflammation so should be taken as directed.

There will also be a necessary check up with the eye doctor. This will usually happen within the first week after treatment. They will usually administer a reading test to ensure the eyes have good vision and they may use a bright light to examine your eye very closely. Shining a light into the cornea helps them see behind the eye and check for any signs of abnormalities. If they are satisfied that all is healing as it should be, no further checkups will be needed. If you have the Clarivu procedure you will have the additional peace of mind of a 24 hour telephone number that you should ring if you notice anything strange happening with your eyes in the coming weeks or months.

Clarivu is only available from a select number of world class private eye hospital locations in the UK which ensures each and every patient receives only the best care and attention. Clarivu it available at eye hospitals up and down the country including in the North at Manchester eye hospital and Yorkshire eye hospital in Bradford. If you want to find out more about the services and treatments available, contact your nearest hospital today. Whether it is a refractive problem that needs correcting or you are suffering from an eye problem like cataracts, Clarivu may be the ideal eye treatment for you.
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