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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Blepharoplasty, or eye lift, is surgery to fix a sagging, drooping, or baggy eyelid. The upper and lower eyelids may be fixed.
- Medicines can help decrease pain and swelling, or prevent an infection.
- Take your medicine as directed. Call your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.
Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:
You may need to return to have your eyelid checked or your stitches removed. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
Care for your eye:
- Use artificial tears twice a day if you have dry eye.
- Apply ice on your eye 15 to 20 minutes every hour or as directed. Use an ice pack, or put crushed ice in a plastic bag. Cover it with a towel. Ice helps prevent tissue damage and decreases swelling and pain.
- Elevate your head and upper back when you rest, such as in a recliner. Place extra pillows under your head and neck when you sleep in bed. Elevation will help decrease swelling.
- Limit activity as directed. Do not lift objects over 20 pounds. Ask when you can return to your usual daily activities.
- Care for your wound as directed. Carefully wash the wound with soap and water. Dry the area and put on new, clean bandages as directed. Change your bandages when they get wet or dirty.
- Do not wear contact lenses or eye makeup until your eye has healed. Wear sunglasses to protect your eye when you are outside.
Contact your healthcare provider if:
- Your eye is red, swollen, or draining pus.
- You have a rash around your eye.
- You have a fever and chills.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
Seek care immediately or call 911 if:
- You have chest pain or trouble breathing.
- You have vision loss.
- Your eye begins to bleed.
- You feel sudden, sharp pain in your eye.
- Your stitches come apart.
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