Retina Surgery Recovery: What You Need to Know
The idea of having to recover from retina surgery can seem daunting. What if I can’t see – how long will that last? Will I depend on others for basic needs? How long will I miss work or other responsibilities? These are all valid questions, which is why this post covers how retina surgery recovery generally proceeds, how it can vary from patient to patient, and how to make the recovery process a bit easier.
Plan for the Prescribed Rest Period in Advance
Your doctor will inform you how long it will take to recover from your specific procedure. Some recovery periods are less than a day, and some are longer, potentially weeks. You will need to plan for this time, including whether assistance is needed at home and if you need to take time off from work.
Don’t participate in activities during recovery that could stress your eye, including cleaning, gardening, or other household chores/projects. Also, you likely won’t be able to drive until your eye is fully healed. Plan out groceries and other essential deliveries ahead of time so you are well-stocked during recovery.
Airplane travel is not allowed in the days following retina surgery because the pressure within an airplane can be dangerous. You will not be able to travel by plane until your doctor clears it.
Talk to Your Doctor About Regular and Post-Procedure Medications
If you take medications regularly, your doctor should already be aware of what you are taking. Please confirm that it is OK to continue taking all your medications after the procedure and whether there are any issues with new medication you may be prescribed after the surgery. Be sure to confirm dosage prior to your surgery as you may not be able to read directions easily after the procedure. Your doctor can provide written instructions to you as well. The majority of retina surgeries will require patients to use eye drops for a few weeks after the procedure.
Ask Your Doctor About Daily Activities
Undergoing retina surgery often requires patients to alter some of their daily activities so that their eyes can recover and heal. Be sure to ask your doctor the following:
- Can I shower or bathe normally after the procedure?
- How can I keep my eyes safe while bathing?
- Will I need to wear sunglasses after the surgery? If so, for how long?
- Do I need to sleep in a different position for a period of time?
Of course, your doctor should be able to provide any information you need to ensure your eye heals properly.
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