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  1. Eye shield: Please use eye shield for protection when you sleep. You may use dark glasses during daytime. Please wash the eye shield and glasses with soap and water each day and dry the same before use.
  2. Washing the face: Cleaning of the operated eye will be as per the instructions given by the doctor/nurse. The rest of the face can be mopped with a clean and wet cloth. Avoid splashing water into the operated eye.
  3. Use of facial cosmetics: Avoid cosmetics to the eye such as mascara, eye liners etc for at least 4 weeks.
  4. Bathing & Shaving:Bathing and shaving is permitted. Avoid head-bath for come days. Also, avoid splashing water into the eyes when shaving.
  5. Regular Activities:Regular Day-To-Day activities can be performed immediately after the Surgery. But, activities like Jogging, Swimming, Outdoor Sports Activities etc may have to be avoided for around 4-6 weeks after surgery depending on the instructions from Doctor.
  6. Driving: Avoid driving till the doctor gives explicit permission.
  7. Office Work: Usually you will be allowed to join your office within 4-6 weeks after surgery depending upon the surgery. The doctor would inform you about when exactly you would be able to resume your work.
  8. Some symptoms such as certain amount of redness, watering, foreign body sensation and glare etc. may be expected after most surgeries. The severity of such symptoms may vary depending on the type of surgery and patient health. These symptoms gradually reduce usually disappear within 4-6 weeks.
  9. How to clean the eye:
    • The operated eye needs to be cleaned at least twice a day.
    • The attendant performing this task should wash the hands with soap and water and dry them with a clean towel.
    • You may use the disposable tissue for this purpose. You may also place cotton in a clean vessel cover it with a lid for 10 minutes, let it cool down, take the cotton out, squeeze the excess water and use the same for cleaning.
    • Cleaning the lower lid is done by asking the patient to look up and wiping all the secretions sticking to the lower lid margin.
    • Cleaning the upper lid is done by asking the patient to look down and doing similar procedure.
    • Similarly the outer and inner corners of the eye need to be cleaned.
    • Once the margins and corners are cleaned, the eye drops should be instilled.
  10. Instillation of the eye drops:
    • The attendant should wash the hands with soap and water.
    • The cap of the eyedropper bottle is opened carefully without contaminating the tip of the nozzle.
    • Pull the lower lid and place the drop between the eyeball and the lid by squeezing the bottle or cap as the case may be.
    • Wipe away excess medicine that may trickle out of the eye.
    • The eyes should be kept closed for a period of at-least 5 minutes after the drop is instilled.
  11. Instillation of the eye ointment:
    • Washing hands as for instilling drops
    • Lower lid is pulled down
    • The tube containing the ointment is squeezed gently so that a small thread of the ointment falls in the space between the eyeball and the lid. The thread should not be more than half a centimeter.
    • By letting the eyelid close, the ointment thread will break.
  12. General instructions for instilling medicines in the eye:
    • Always instill drops before ointment.
    • Leave a gap of minimum 5 minutes between two medications.
    • Keep the eye closed for at-least 5 minutes after applying the medication.
    • Once opened the eye drops are discarded after 10 days.
    • Replace the cap of the bottle immediately after use.
    • Make sure that the right drops are being used for the right number of times.
    • If similar medication is advised for both eyes, it is advisable to have separate bottles for the two eyes.
  13. General Instructions:
    • Do not rub the eyes
    • Do not lift heavy weights
    • Do not allow the eye to get injured. the eye shield is meant to protect the eye from physical hurt.
    • Avoid too many visitors for fear of contacting infection.
    • Do not play outdoor games.
    • Do not strain at toilet. If needed please take laxative.
    • Cigarette Smoking and Alcohol should be avoided.