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Postoperative Instructions: Boston (Dohlman)

Corneal Transplant Discharge Instructions Boston Keratoprosthesis


  • You may bathe the day after surgery
  • You may take a shower and wash your hair 4 days after surgery wearing the eye shield
  • No bending below the waist, use your knees instead for 3 weeks after surgery
  • No heavy lifting for 3 weeks after surgery
  • No cutting the lawn or gardening until determined by Dr. McCormick
  • No sexual activity for 3 weeks after surgery
  • No driving until indicated by Dr. McCormick
  • Your return to work date will be determined by Dr. McCormick
  • If you have any discomfort after surgery, you may take Tylenol or NSAIDs (Ibuprofen)
  • If you were instructed to stop taking Aspirin, Coumadin or other blood thinners before surgery, you may resume taking these medications the day after surgery

Wound Care

  • A contact lens is in place to protect the artificial cornea permanently.  You do not need to remove the contact lens yourself; it will be cleaned or replaced periodically at your follow-up visits.  If it falls out when you are at home, you should call our office so that it can be replaced. 
  • Wash your hands before touching your eye
  • Do not rub or press on your eye
  • Use a fresh facial tissue for your eye each time. Gently blot any tears. Never use the same tissue for your nose and eye.
  • Moisten a cotton ball with Saline solution to gently remove any crusting on your lashes
  • Do not irrigate your eye
  • Wear your glasses or eye shield (without the pad) while awake for 3 months after surgery for protection
  • Wear your eye shield (without the pad) for sleep for 3 months after surgery for your protection
  • Wear your eye shield (without the pad) when taking a shower or washing your hair for 1 month after surgery for your protection
  • Your eye will be sensitive to light and glare, you can wear your sunglasses
  • Rest both eyes for 10 seconds every 5 minutes for the first week after surgery
  • Limit your time reading, working on the computer and riding in an automobile