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What to know when going home after your eye surgery

Once home for your own comfort and safety, you shouldn’t consume any alcoholic beverage for at least 24 hours after discharge. After a general anaesthetic, patients aren’t permitted to drive any motor vehicle, operate machinery or make any important decisions for at least 24 hours.

It’s important you protect your eyes.

  • Be aware of pets or small children and keep them away from your face as they may accidentally bump your eye.
  • If in a crowd of people wear spectacles or dark glasses to protect your eye.
  • Glasses should be worn outside for protection from glare.
  • Prescription glasses used prior to the procedure may no longer be suitable. Please check with your doctor.
  • You may experience some eye discomfort and feel a ‘scratchy’ sensation in your eye for up to a week or two after the operation. Take Panadol or Panadeine as necessary.

Your Ophthalmologist will provide individual post-operative instructions. These will be found in the blue bag you are given on discharge. You may also be prescribed eye drops. Instructions for their administration will be on your discharge form.

IMPORTANT: Perth Eye Hospital does not have an emergency department.

Please contact your Ophthalmologist if you develop severe pain, experience a substantial drop in vision and/or increased redness of your eye. Your Ophthalmologist contact details are on your discharge form. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms and cannot reach your Ophthalmologist, please contact the Duty Eye Doctor at either:

After you have recovered we would love to hear from you. Your feedback allows us to continuously evaluate and improve all aspects of our performance. We encourage you to tell us how you feel about the service we provide. You will receive a feedback form in the blue bag you are given when discharged. Alternatively you can download a form here.

Please send your completed forms to:

Chief Executive Officer
Perth Eye Hospital
PO Box 504
West Perth WA 6872

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