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Pterygium Postoperative Instructions

Pterygium or Conjunctival Lesion Removal

Postoperative Instructions


  • 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.

Post-Operative Care:

  • 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.