Corneal Transplant Surgery
Home Care Instructions
This handout tells you how to take care of yourself when you go home after corneal
transplant surgery. Your nurse will review this with you. Please ask questions.
You may take 2 Tylenol® tablets every 4 hours until you go to bed tonight. This
should decrease the mild pain you may have as the numbing medicine you received
Bring the eye drops prescribed for you to your clinic visit. The day after surgery, a
staff member will explain the proper way to give drops.
Leave your eye patch and shield in place. These will be removed when you are
seen in the clinic the next day. After that, you must always wear your glasses or the
metal shield to protect your eye until it heals. When you lie down to nap or sleep,
wear your metal shield until you are told you may stop using it. No soft patch
under the shield is needed.
Resume your normal diet.
Resume any and all usual medicines as you return home on the day of surgery.
ξ You may resume all daily living tasks such as walking and climbing stairs.
ξ For the first 3 – 4 weeks, you should not do any strenuous activities such as
jogging, racquetball, tennis, exercise or square dancing. Do not bend over
with your head below your waist.
ξ Corneal transplant patients should not lift more than 20 pounds for one
ξ You may use the shower or bathtub and wash your hair.
ξ Reading or watching T.V. or movies will not strain your treated eye.
ξ Take care that your treated eye is not bumped.
ξ For two months, do not swim with your head under water.
ξ You may resume sexual activities when you feel ready.
When to Call the Doctor
ξ New or increased drainage from the treated eye
ξ Increased or a change in eye pain
ξ Increased redness of the eye
ξ Decreased clearness of vision in the treated eye
ξ If you have any questions
Early attention to problems often results in simple, successful treatment so don’t
delay. Postponing a call or visit may lead to worse problems.
University Station Eye Clinic, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
When the clinic is closed, your call will be forwarded to the hospital paging
operator. Ask for the “Eye Resident on Call”. Give the operator your name and
phone number with area code. The doctor will call you back.
If you live out of the area, call 1-800-323-8942 and ask to be transferred to the
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Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if you have
any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor. This is not
medical advice. This is not to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Because each person’s health
needs are different, you should talk with your doctor or others on your health care team when using this information. If
you have an emergency, please call 911. Copyright ©1/2016 University of Wisconsin Hospitals & Clinics Authority, All
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