Postop instructions to staff

Instructions for patient care after surgery FOR STAFF

THESE INSTRUCTIONS ARE NOT FOR THE PATIENTS!!!

It is our hope that every patient will do perfectly well after surgery and will have no problems. However, some may return with certain complaints. I will list some of the possible complaints below and suggest ways to offer help.

A – WHAT WE MIGHT EXPECT – NOT SERIOUS:

  • Mild scratching: This can come from the actual incision or from a suture. Usually, the scratching will ease after a few weeks. Try an eye ointment 4 times a day to reduce the scratching.
  • Mild itching: This can be perfectly normal. If it persists then the patient may be sensitive to the drops or ointment being used. Try a different drop or ointment.
  • Mild discharge: Some discharge is normal and even expected. Encourage the patient and suggest removal of the secretions with a very clean cloth, not rubbing on the eye itself, just the lid edges. Very clean water that has been boiled and cooled can be helpful along with the cloth. Do not allow water to get into the eye.
  • Mild pain: This can be normal but usually will not persist more than 2 weeks. If the eye is not very red then the patient can be reassured. Have them increase the drops or ointment to 6 times per day.
  • Redness: After surgery we expect the eye to be red while it heals. In the absence of severe pain this is not harmful. Ask the patient to increase the drops or ointment to 6 times per day. It should clear fairly quickly and just become pink. The pinkness may persist for weeks.
  • Mild blur to vision: As the eye heals there may be some visual blur. This should clear a bit each day. It takes 4 weeks for the vision to become stable. Ask the patient to increase the drops or ointment to 6 times per day.