What post-operative instructions should I follow after corneal transplant surgery?

istock 1147641999 1 Corneal transplant surgery can help patients improve their vision after eye disease. As with any surgical procedure, it is important that patients follow the recommendations of their doctor immediately after surgery to ensure that they reduce the risk of complications. While certain side effects will occur, including overall discomfort of the treated eye and swelling, many of these resolve over the course of several days and weeks as the eye heals. Patients undergoing corneal transplant surgery are encouraged to ask questions about the recovery process following this procedure, which is readily available for patients who need it at the Eye Care Institute. 

What is a corneal transplant? 

Our doctors describe the corneal transplant procedure as any other type of implant treatments in the medical field. A donor cornea is used to replace the diseased or damaged cornea of a patient to restore vision. The procedure can significantly improve a patient’s quality of life. 

Healing after corneal transplant 

After your procedure, your doctor will give you specific aftercare instructions to follow. These postoperative recommendations should be followed closely to reduce or eliminate the risk of complications following the procedure. Below are a few things to consider after treatment: 

  • Do not rub the eye, especially within the first week after surgery
  • Wear the eye patch as directed by your medical professional
  • Swelling and discomfort is normal and will resolve on its own
  • Any pain may be addressed with over-the-counter pain medications
  • Avoid strenuous activity for a few weeks postop
  • Be careful not to get water in the eye when showering or bathing for at least one month
  • Do not drive until you are given permission by your doctor
  • Wear sunglasses if light sensitivity is an issue
  • Avoid places where dust, smoke, or other irritants can be exposed to the eyes
  • Take appropriate time off of work to recovery and heal

Call the Eye Care Institute today! 

Our doctors are available to help at our three office locations. If you are in need of an examination or want to discuss the benefits of corneal transplant surgery, we encourage you to call (707) 546-9800 to schedule an appointment. 

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