Pterygium Postoperative Instructions
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Pterygium or Conjunctival Lesion Removal
- If you have any discomfort after surgery, you may take Tylenol or Ibuprofen as directed. Prescription medication is available if needed for comfort (see reverse side of this form for instructions).
- If you were instructed to stop taking Aspirin or Coumadin (Warfarin/Jantoven) before surgery, you may resume taking these medications, in addition to your other usual medications
- Continue with your regular eye drops
- You may bathe the day after surgery
- You may take a shower and wash your hair after surgery providing that you do not allow soap or water in your eye for 3 weeks after surgery
- You may do normal bending, but if you wish to pick up something off the floor it is best to do so from a seated, or stable, position for 2 weeks after surgery. Avoid staying in an inverted position for an extended period of time for 2 weeks after surgery
- You may lift objects as long as it does not cause you to strain, hold your breath or become red in the face for 2 weeks after surgery
- No gardening or lawn work for 3 weeks after surgery
- You may resume driving once advised by your eye doctor
- Most exercise should be avoided for 3 weeks after surgery. Ask your doctor for advice if you have specific questions.
- Wear your eye shield at bedtime for 2 weeks after surgery for your protection
- Wash your hands before touching around your eye
- Do not rub, press or bump the operative eye
- Moisten a cotton ball with Saline solution to gently remove any crusting on your lashes
- Do not wear eye makeup or mascara for 2 weeks after surgery
- Do not irrigate your eye
- Your eye will be sensitive to light and glare; wear sunglasses as needed for comfort
- It is normal for your eye to feel scratchy and irritated and for the vision to fluctuate somewhat. Call if you are concerned that things aren’t healing normally.