Post-Operative Instructions – Eyelid Surgery

  1. A responsible adult MUST drive you home and stay with you for at least 24 hours.
  2. The effects of the anesthetic may remain for 24-48 hours. You should remain in bed with help to the bathroom for at least 24 hours.
  3. Elevate the head on two pillows to decrease swelling and bruising. You should keep cold compresses on your eyes for 48 hours, except while sleeping.
  4. You may have liquids after surgery if desired. A regular diet should be enjoyed the day following surgery.
  5. Take medications exactly as directed. ALCOHOL is strictly prohibited. It is important to have food in your stomach before taking medications. If you should become nauseated or develop a rash, please call the office. Resume regular medications unless your doctor directs otherwise. Remember, you will need to avoid ASPIRIN and ASPIRIN-CONTAINING products for two weeks after surgery.
  6. You may lightly apply the prescribed ointment to any incisions 3-4 times per day with a Q-tip. Eyedrops, if prescribed, should be used as directed.
  7. Severe pain with excessive swelling of one eyelid when compared with the other should be called to the attention of the doctor immediately. You will have normal swelling and bruising for several days but this will subside gradually.
  8. You must use your judgment and call the office immediately if you are concerned about a possible complication.