- The eye will be red and slightly swollen for a couple of days. It should open fully within 2 days after surgery.
- The eye may be "scratchy" and sore when it moves. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) or a cool, damp washcloth placed gently over the eye can provide comfort.
- You or your child may have some blood-tinged discharge from the eye. The doctor will prescribe eye ointment or eye drops to use after the surgery to help the eye heal and prevent infection.
- Your eyes or your child's eye may be sensitive to light. Try dimming the lights, closing curtains or shades, or wearing sunglasses.
Try to avoid rubbing the eyes.
Double vision is common after surgery for adults and for children ages 6 and older. It is less common in younger children. Double vision most often goes away after the surgery. In adults, an adjustment is sometimes made to the position of the eye muscle to refine the results.
You or your child can go back to your normal activities and exercise within a few days after surgery. You can return to work, and your child may go back to school or day care a day or two after surgery.
Children who had the surgery can slowly go back to a regular diet. Many children feel a little sick to their stomach after surgery.
Most people do not have to wear a patch over their eye after this surgery, but some do.
You or your child should have a follow-up appointment with the eye surgeon 1 to 2 weeks after the surgery.