When the topical anesthetic wears off, there may be eye irritation and pain for a day or so. Initially, your eye may be red and it may feel scratchy or gritty for a few days, your eyes may be a bit dry, and sensitive to light and you may notice more blood vessels or redness. Dr. Martinez will prescribe eye drops and ointment to be used starting 3 days before surgery and also over the next few months. You will have a follow-up appointment scheduled the next day and another follow-up in two weeks.
It is extremely important to keep the eye very clean and covered with an eye patch for the first day. We will remove it during your appointment the next day. You should cover your eye with the patch when you sleep or are in a dirty environment for at least 2 weeks after surgery. In addition, sunglasses with extensive sunlight protection, available at our office, are recommended for any outdoor activity to minimize sensitivity to light and further ultraviolet light (UV) damage. The greatest risk period for postoperative complications is about two to three weeks after the eye surgery, so you should refrain from using any eye makeup, heavy lifting, swimming, hot tubs, or dusty or dirty environments during this time.
If any emergency arises, our office can be contacted 24 hours a day at (301) 591-1763.
The whiter eye results are often visible within 4 to 6 weeks or within a few months after the procedure, and typically whiter white in about 4 to 6 months. Initially, you may feel a bit of a scratchy sensation for a few days, your eyes may be a bit dry, and sensitive to light and you may notice more blood vessels or redness.