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Postoperative Instructions DSAEK

DSAEK Corneal Transplant Discharge Instructions


  • Keep your eye shield in place at all times, only taking it off to place in eye drops
  • After surgery until your first postoperative appointment, you should remain fully reclined with your face up, looking toward the ceiling (unless using the restroom, eating a brief meal or in transit).  While in transit, try to recline the passenger seat and look up toward the sky.
  • After your first postoperative appointment you should be reclined for 45 minutes, then upright for 15 minutes; alternating this sequence throughout the day.  This is only for the first day after surgery; it is not necessary to practice this positioning beyond the first day after surgery.
  • 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 your doctor
  • No sexual activity for 3 weeks after surgery
  • No driving until indicated by your doctor
  • Your return to work date will be determined by your doctor
  • 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

  • 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 1 month after surgery.
  • Wear your eye shield (without the pad) for sleep for 1 month 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.
  • 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