Blepharoplasty – Eyelid Surgery

REST
Go home and rest.  Elevate head on 4 – 5 pillows for the first week (to reduce swelling)
Do not bend over, but rather squat down to reduce the risk of bleeding
When resting, flex calves by pointing toes towards ceiling then towards the ground. This will avoid clots forming in the veins in your legs.  Do this 10 times per hour.  Do not cross your legs
Have cold food & fluids only on the day of surgery
Try gentle exercise, i.e. slow walking.

BLEEDING
Minor bleeding normal for first 24 – 48 hours post-operatively

WOUND CARE
Bruising and swelling is normal for 10 14 days
Apply ice packs, wrapped in a soft cloth, to eyes 20 minutes per hour whilst awake until swelling & bruising decreases
Clean around eyes with cotton bud and diluted salt water (1/2 tsp salt to 1 cup boiled water)
Keep the tapes over eyelids dry and intact until your 1st post-op appointment
Avoid sunlight and eye make-up for the 1st  week (dark sunglasses should be worn)
Liquid Film Tear drops are recommended for the 1st few days to reduce irritation and soothe eyes.  Eye ointment can be used at night until the eyelids close properly.  This may blur your vision

PAIN RELIEF
Anaesthetist will provide a script for pain relief sufficient for a week.  If you run out, Panadeine should be adequate

INFECTION
Wound infection is an infrequent occurrence. Contact Dr Yang if you experience:
Increased pain, temperature and flu-like symptoms
Widespread redness
Offensive discharge coming from the wound

EXERCISE
Avoid strenuous lifting, aerobic exercises and swimming for 4 weeks post-operatively
Do not drive a motor vehicle for 5 days post-operatively or until your vision is back to normal

EMERGENCY
In the unlikely event that you cannot contact Dr Yang please present to Greenslopes Hospital, if possible, or at another hospital & ask your treating doctor to call Dr Yang.