The eye will feel uncomfortable,gritty,and itchy.It might appear red or bruised.This is normal for seven-14 days.
Take paracetamol for pain relief every four to six hours.
The eye takes two to six weeks to heal, but your vision might continue to improve for several months.
Your vision will be very poor with the gas in your eye.
As the gas disperses ,you will begin to see a line,which wobbles in your vision,like a spirit level.you will be able to see above the line,but the vision will be fuzzy underneath.This line will continue to ease downwards until only a tiny bubble is left and, finally, it too will disappear.
You may need to return for a check up the day after your surgery.
We will give you eye drops to reduce any inflammation,to rest your eye and to prevent infection.we will explain how and when you should use them .Please don’t rub your eye.
The nurses will explain your follow-up appointments to you on the ward.You will also be seen in 10-14 days in the outpatient clinic.
While a certain amount of discomfort is normal after the surgery,you should contact the hospital immediately if you have any of the following symptoms:
A lot of pain
Loss of Vision
Increasing redness of the eye
We use two types of gases:
-C3F8 Which is long acting and can stay in the eye for up to 10 weeks,
-SF6 Which can stay in the eye up to two to three weeks.
You must not fly while there is gas in your eye.
You must inform the anaesthetist if you need a general anaesthetic before the gas has completely gone from your eye,as he/she cannot use nitrous oxide gas in your anaesthetic.
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