Frequently Asked Questions
Dr. Paris Abedi has received many questions throughout her years of experience. Dr. Abedi wants to make sure that her patients and others can easily find answers to some frequently asked questions.
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Q: After undergoing surgery what should I expect in terms of recovery and pain control?
A: Answer One Most surgeries are performed with patients are under some sedation or light anesthesia, most patients do not recollect the operating room experience because of the effects of the sedatives. Depending on what kind of surgery you are undergoing, you might spend some time in a recovery room at the surgical facility. Sometimes when the effects of the sedatives wear off and you do wake up your eyes will be covered by cold compress gauze dressing, do not be alarmed if you cannot see just call our for a nurse, there will always be a team in place to assist you.
Again depending on the type of surgery preformed you might be admitted overnight, in some cases the surgeon may feel confident in allowing you to go home under the care of a loved one. Your vision will almost always be blurry for a few days after a surgery, in part due to the medicine used on your eyes and also some normal eyelid swelling. It’s always recommended to wear the dark sunglasses provided to keep your eyes covered. It’s very important to avoid bright lights and bright sunlight to avoid any kind of irritation. Post-surgery if you are allowed to go home, select someone dependable to take you home and assist you throughout the recovery process!
Recovery from eye surgery is, in most cases, very well tolerated by almost all patients. A high percentage of eye surgery patients end up going home the same day of surgery. If you do have any pain we are able to manage and reduce the discomfort with medications we prescribe however, it’s of the utmost importance to continue icing throughout the first few days after surgery. Icing serves two main purposes: firstly, it helps control and manage pain levels and secondly, it helps immensely in reducing swelling at an appropriate rate. It’s also highly essential that you keep the area around your eye clean, you can clean crust from your eye lashes by pouring warm water on a q-tip and brushing away the crusts very carefully. After removing the crusts you may be able to open your eyes however, if the eyelids do not open do not force it or scrub at the sutures.
Another common question that is sometimes asked is what is the best position to sleep in after surgery. After eye surgery it’s very important not to sleep face down or on your side. Sleeping on your back with the head elevated on a pillow or something similar would be the most ideal until all sutures are removed.
After your surgery is completed and your patch is removed you will be given eye drops. Please follow the instructions from the doctor as to how you must apply the drops. Please remember to take caution when instilling the drops, even if your eye lids are swollen and almost fully closed apply the drops and allow them to soak in slowly. The doctor recommends for the eye drops to be used from after your surgery to 3-5 days after your first office visit after the surgery.
Please refrain from any strenuous activity for 2 or 3 weeks after your surgery. It’s important to make sure your head stays upright while in recovery. As for diet, you may continue on your regular diet as you feel comfortable post surgery. In addition, in regards to showering, you need to keep your head away from the shower head and any water. Of course you may wash your face and hair but do your best to keep your stitches free of any water. They are not super sensitive however refrain from any rubbing or anything that might put pressure on the eyes. We recommend using baby shampoo while washing your hair to reduce the chance of any kind of eye irritation.
Dr. Paris Abedi is a board-certified eye surgeon in beautiful Orange County, specializing in medical and aesthetic eye surgery. Dr. Abedi is passionate about helping her patients achieve their goals. Her personalized care with results you can feel has earned the trust of countless patients, colleagues and medical eye societies.
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