After your Transplant

What to Do After Surgery

A protective cover is placed over the eye following surgery and should remain in place for at least 24 hours and used when sleeping. There will likely be minor discomfort following the surgery, and for a few days afterward. Symptoms may include irritation, a feeling of itchiness, or mild pain. The patient will receive antibiotic and steroid drops to reduce the risks of infection and swelling, and promote healing. The ophthalmologist may also suggest a mild pain reliever. The ophthalmologist will schedule follow up visits with the recipient to monitor the healing of the transplant. It is important that the recipient uses all medication as prescribed and follows the ophthalmologist’s post-operative directions. Most physicians will schedule office visits once a week for the first two to three weeks.

Most physicians will schedule office visits once a week for the first two to three weeks.

Then routine visits will be scheduled once every month for two to three months. After the first three months, the ophthalmologist will want to see the transplant patient every three months for a year and then every six months. Transplant patients should limit any strenuous activity following surgery.

Most ophthalmologists will allow the following:

  • Watching television
  • Reading
  • Walking
  • Light housework
  • Bending at the knees to pick up light objects
  • Certain inherited corneal dystrophies or degenerative processes

Patients should not:

  • Rub the eyes
  • Lift heavy objects
  • Bend from the waist

Because the new cornea tissue is foreign to the body, the risk of rejection, although very slight, is always a possibility. Patients must pay close attention to any signs of redness, sensitivity to light, vision loss, or pain and report them to the physician immediately.

Old Dominion Eye Foundation continues to develop relationships with the people we help to regain sight. We also work to reach the public through educational programs that help many learn more about eye tissue donation and all it has to offer. If you would like to become a part of our educational efforts by volunteering, please contact us. Many people want to learn more about eye donation. Sharing your story can help.

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