Postoperative Instructions

Please review your brochure if you received one from us before surgery or the instruction sheet from the surgery center. If you have any questions, call us at 605.343.4120. Below is an abbreviated printable version of the essential information for your convenience: Postoperative Instructions

FOLLOWING SURGERY:

WHAT TO AVOID
  • It is very important not to rub or bump the operative eye.

  • Do not swim or use a hot tub for at least one week.
  • Avoid being in dusty or dirty environments unless you wear protective, tight-fitting safety glasses.

WHAT YOU MAY RESUME AFTER SURGERY
  • Pretty much 'normal activities'
  • Showering and hair washing
  • Walking, reading and watching TV
  • Eating and drinking
  • Taking medications

WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER SURGERY
  • Some redness, mattering and mild discomfort in the eye may occur but should gradually improve.
  • Things may seem dark because if your pupil is constricted.
  • Tylenol® and/or artificial tears are recommended for any discomfort in your eye.
  • Your vision may be blurred for the first few weeks. It will take about one month for the eye to fully heal, at which time, any final spectacle correction can be prescribed.
  • Please ask the doctor if you have questions about when you can return to work.
  • You should call the office if you notice any of the following in the operative eye:
    • Increasing redness, swelling or discharge from the eye.
    • Increasing pain.
    • Sudden decrease in vision.
  • If you remove your eye patch, or if you go home without a patch, please use the antibiotic and steroid eye drops every two hours while awake.