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Pterygium Surgery (7009)

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Pterygium Surgery

Getting Ready

1. You need to have a pre-operative physical exam within 30 days before your
surgery date. You cannot have surgery without this exam. Please schedule
this exam if you have not already done so.

2. Any surgery prescriptions that you will need will be faxed to your local
pharmacy. Pick up these prescriptions a few days before surgery.

3. Your surgeon may ask you to begin using an antibiotic drop before surgery.
If so, one will be prescribed for you. Do not touch the tip of the bottle with
your finger or to your face or eye.

4. If you have been given a bottle of steroid eye drops, you will be given the
instructions for its use after your surgery.

5. Take your usual medicines the morning of your surgery with a small sip of
water unless told otherwise.

6. Blood thinners such as aspirin, Plavix, or Coumadin should be stopped if
possible before surgery. Discuss this with your surgeon or surgery

7. Bring all your eye medicines with you to your surgery.

8. Expect to be at the surgery center for 4 – 5 hours. You must have someone
take you home after surgery and stay with you overnight. You must have
someone bring you to your appointment the next day.

Caring for Yourself after Surgery

1. Do not rub your eye.

2. Wear the metal eye shield at night and when napping to protect the eye. If you
wear glasses, wear them during the day. If not, wear the metal shield. You
need to wear the shield for one week. Wearing dark glasses may help the eye
feel more comfortable.

3. Avoid strenuous activity and heavy lifting (over 20 pounds) until cleared by
your doctor. Exercise (i.e. walking) will not harm the eye if done in
moderation. Go slowly and do not strain the first week. Depth perception is
impaired while wearing an eye patch. Be careful on stairs. Do not drive until
cleared by your doctor. Sexual activities may be resumed as soon as you are

4. You may have dull pain, aching, or a scratching feeling in your eye. You may
take acetaminophen (Tylenol®) for relief or have your narcotic prescription
filled. If your pain is not controlled by these medicines, call your doctor.

5. Have your eye drop prescriptions filled and start using them either when you
get home or the next day as you have been instructed.

6. You may shower or bathe as usual. Be careful not to get soap into your eyes.

7. Watching TV or reading will not harm the eye. You may do so if you wish.

Call your doctor right away if you have
 An increase in swelling or redness.
 Any increase in pain or discharge from the eye.
 A decrease in vision.
 Nausea or vomiting.

Phone Numbers

University Station Eye Clinic, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
(608) 263-7171

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
above number.

Please call if you have any questions or concerns

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 Hospital and
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