After the surgery, the eye pads are left on for an hour or so to help reduce bruising. Do not worry if there is some blood on the eye pad when it is removed. If your eye feels sore when the anaesthetic wears off, we provide simple painkillers which are very effective in managing almost all postoperative pain. Normally, the discomfort will settle within a day or two. If you have severe pain, not relieved by simple painkillers, please ring the clinic for advice (see below).
You should not drive yourself home after the operation due to the medications we provide and possible impact on your vision from the surgery. Before you leave the clinic you will be given an ointment to use for a week or so after the surgery. It is normal for the eyelids to appear swollen and bruised for some time after this operation and there may be a little bleeding from the wounds in the eyelids for a short time.
The eyelids should be cleaned gently with tissues soaked in cooled, boiled water. Avoid rubbing of your eyelids for a period of 3-4 weeks. Most forms of light exercise and a normal work pattern may be resumed within a few days of surgery. Eyelid makeup can be worn from about three weeks after surgery.