- The eye will be red and slightly swollen for a couple of days. It should open fully within 2 days after surgery.
- The eye may be "scratchy" and sore when it moves. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) or a cool, damp washcloth placed gently over the eye can provide comfort.
- You or your child may have some blood-tinged discharge from the eye. The doctor will prescribe eye ointment or eye drops to use after the surgery to help the eye heal and to prevent infection.
- Your eyes or your child’s eye may be sensitive to light. Try dimming the lights, closing curtains or shades, or wearing sunglasses.
It is helpful if your child can avoid rubbing their eyes.
Double vision is common after surgery for adults and for children age 6 and older It is less common in younger children. Double vision usually goes away sometime after the surgery.
You or your child can resume normal activities and exercise within a few days after surgery. You can go back to work, and your child may go back to school or daycare a day or 2 after surgery. If your child had the surgery, slowly start up their regular diet. Many children feel a little sick to their stomach after surgery.
Most people do not have to wear a patch over their eye after this surgery, but some do.
You or your child should have a follow-up appointment with the eye surgeon 1 to 2 weeks after the surgery.