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Reasons for Procedure
- Sensitivity to light
- Long-term irritation and inflammation of the eye
- Loss of vision
- Need for more surgery
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
- Aspirin or other anti-inflammatory drugs
- Blood thinners, such as clopidogrel (Plavix) or warfarin (Coumadin)
- Continue to use your eye drops, unless directed otherwise by your doctor.
- Arrange for a ride to and from the procedure.
Description of the Procedure
How Long Will It Take?
Will It Hurt?
- An eye exam
- Eye drops
- An eye patch
- If given an eye patch or bandage, wear it as directed.
- Use eye drops as prescribed. These drops will often help prevent infection and inflammation.
- Avoid activities that expose your eye to water, like swimming.
- Ask the doctor about how to wash your face and when it is safe to shower or bathe.
- Refrain from heavy lifting, straining, or driving until allowed by your doctor.
- Follow your doctor's advice regarding resuming exercise and other activities.
Call Your Doctor
- Sudden and/or severe eye pain
- Loss of vision or other eyesight changes
- Signs of infection, including fever and chills
- Nausea or vomiting
- Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or any discharge from the eye
- Pain that you cannot control with the medicines you have been given
- Cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain
Glaucoma Research Foundation http://www.glaucoma.org/
Prevent Blindness America http://www.preventblindness.org/
National Eye Institute http://www.nei.nih.gov/
Canadian Ophthalmological Society http://www.eyesite.ca/
University of Ottawa Eye Institute http://www.eyeinstitute.net/main.html
American Academy of Ophthalmology website. Available at: http://www.aao.org/ .
National Eye Institute website. Available at: http://www.nei.nih.gov .
Ophthalmology Clinics of North America. 2005;18:409-419.
- Reviewer: Brian Randall, MD
- Review Date: 06/2013 -
- Update Date: 00/63/2013 -