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Discharge Advice to Patients Following Eye Surgery

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How to use your eye drops

  • It is important to wash your hands before touching your eyes.
  • If you need to clean your eye, use fresh cooled boiled water and clean cotton wool pads. Wipe over the eye lids from nose to ear once then discard the pad.
  • Shake the bottle and take off the lid. Try not to touch the top of the bottle.
  • Tilt your head back and place the bottle horizontally on the bridge of your nose (so that the tip is pointing towards your operated eye).
  • Gently pull down the lower eyelid and look up.
  • Squeeze the bottle until a drop falls into the lower eyelid.
  • Close your eyes and use a clean tissue to wipe away any excess drop.
  • Ensure that you put the eye drops in as instructed. Please leave five minutes between drops to prevent washing out the previous drop.
  • You will need to continue using the eye drops until you are reviewed at your outpatient appointment. Please get a repeat prescription, if needed, from your GP.
  • Once opened, the bottle should be discarded after four weeks.
  • You may experience a taste of the drops in your mouth. This is normal as the tear duct which drains tears to your nose will also drain away some of the drops.

General advice

  • Your GP will receive a discharge letter informing them of your operation details and medication.
  • Tape the eye shield over the operated eye at night to protect it for the first week at home.
  • If your eye is uncomfortable, you may take your normal pain relief tablets like Paracetamol.
  • You may continue with your usual activities such as watching television or reading. If you wish to wash your hair, ensure you do not get shampoo in your eyes.
  • Avoid swimming and other sports until you have been seen at your outpatient appointment.

If you experience any increased pain, loss of vision, your eye becomes red and produces a sticky discharge or you have any other concerns, contact the team whose details are listed below.


Retinal Nurses: 01223 274 865, Monday to Friday from 08:00 to 17:00

Ophthalmologist on-call: 01223 245 151 (out of hours)

We are smoke-free

Smoking is not allowed anywhere on the hospital campus. For advice and support in quitting, contact your GP or the free NHS stop smoking helpline on 0800 169 0 169.

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Cambridge University Hospitals
NHS Foundation Trust
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Telephone +44 (0)1223 245151