Eyelid surgery is typically done to remove excess fat and skin around the eyes so as to correct drooping eyelids and remove eye bags, essentially helping to improve the appearance of your upper and lower eyelids. The procedure is usually straightforward, but you need to know how to take care of your eyes post-surgery so you speed up recovery times and hopefully avoid excessive swelling, inflammation and pain. Read on for a simple guide on eyelid surgery recovery to help you prepare for any bumps on the road after the procedure.
Driving right after the surgery could be dangerous, as you will probably be experiencing blurred vision. The risk of infection is usually high post-surgery, so be sure to take your full dose of antibiotics to lower the risk of inflammation. If you experience pain, consult your surgeon about pain medication that could be appropriate for you.
Strenuous activity such as jogging or going to the gym should be avoided, as it could strain your stitches and lead to bleeding, pain or swelling. You should also avoid contact sports until your recovery is complete. A brisk walk every now and then could be helpful, as it could boost your blood circulation and prevent blood clot formation.
The use of makeup should also be avoided until the wounds have healed to lower the risk of scarring or inflammation. Glasses are okay right after surgery, but eye contacts shouldn't be used until at least a week after the surgery to lower the risk of an infection.
Many people experience sensitivity to light after eyelid surgery, so it may help to purchase a protective mask or a pair of dark sunglasses to cover your eyes while you rest on the couch or take a nap. While sleeping, always lie on your back to avoid putting too much pressure on your eyes and increase swelling. You should also keep your head elevated using a few small pillows.
Eye dryness and bruising
A bit of bruising is usually normal post-surgery, but you can minimize it be holding ice packs to your face or using cold compresses from your local pharmacy. If the bruising is too much, you can mask it with a bit of make-up, but only after your wounds are completely healed or your stitches removed.
If you experience any eye dryness, you can use eye drops to keep your eyes hydrated. Eye drops are usually also helpful for alleviating itching in the eyes. For more information, contact Todd S. Kirk, MD or a similar medical professional.