After Surgery

Reduce swelling by placing a bag of frozen peas on your eyelid(s). Place 1/2 cup of frozen peas in a zip lock bag. Wrap the bag of peas with a washcloth and apply to your eyelids for 30 minutes out of each hour when you are awake for the first 48 hours after surgery. (You may wish to rotate four to six bags of peas through your freezer to keep them cold.)

If we give you an ointment to take home, begin use at bedtime. Apply 1/4 inch of ointment into the relevant eye(s) and incision sites. Apply directly from the tube or after transferring ointment to a Q-tip. Continue to put the ointment on the skin and in the eye three times a day for five days or until the tube is empty. If your eyes feel dry or scratchy, you may use if more frequently.

Special considerations

  • Resume medications prescribed by your general medical doctor unless you have been told otherwise.
  • At bedtime, elevate your head with pillows for one week.
  • During bathing, protect your eyes by facing away from the stream of the shower and by using a damp washcloth to clean your face. You may bathe the day after your operation. As necessary, gently swab any crusts away from the eyelid stitches with a Q-tip moistened with peroxide or water.
  • Avoid direct sunlight for 4-6 weeks to allow optimal healing.
  • Avoid driving after surgery until you have fully recovered from sedatives that were used during surgery and until you have recognized the limits imposed by your surgery.
  • Take Tylenol (acetaminophen) for discomfort, but continue to avoid aspirin, Advil and similar anti-inflammatory drugs for 10 days.
  • Makeup may be worn after seven days. Please do not wear makeup to your follow-up visits for one month after surgery.

Common Symptoms & Observations

  • Redness, swelling, and bruising of the eyelids
  • Tearing
  • Blurred vision from the use of ointments
  • Slight oozing of blood from the incisions
  • Minor irritation and scratchiness

Emergency Symptoms & Observations

You should call immediately if you experience:

  • Severe or deep pain
  • Bleeding not controlled with compresses
  • Rapid swelling of the eyelids and protrusion of the eye
  • Diminished or loss of vision not improved with blinking or eye drops

Reaching Dr. Levin

Dr. Levin is at your disposal after surgery. If you have problems or questions do not hesitate to call him. By calling the office telephone number, you will learn how to page him. If, for some reason, you cannot reach Dr. Levin and are having an emergency, contact your local emergency room.

Be assured, this office is committed to providing outstanding care. We encourage your questions and comments.

Check list for your first appointment after surgery.

  • Write down all your questions.
  • Bring all your medications.
  • Bring any special tape or bandages you may have.
  • Carry any prescription glasses you may have to your appointment.