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Common Questions & Answers about Ocular Surgery

Who can benefit from oculoplastic surgery?

An oculoplastic procedure is a type of surgery done around the eyes. You may have this procedure to correct a medical problem or for cosmetic reasons. Such conditions may include: 

How should I prepare for the surgery?

According to the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, you can take the following steps to prepare for your surgery:

What can I expect after the procedure?

Your post-operative care will depend on the type of oculoplastic procedure you received. You will be provided with instructions to follow at home.

Dr. Patel will likely ask you to take it easy and apply cool compresses on your eyelids for the first few days after surgery. Minimal activity is usually recommended to help minimize swelling, bruising, discomfort, and post-operative complications.

After the first 48 hours, you can get up and move around. However, exercising or heavy lifting should be avoided for at least one week after surgery, and in some patients for up to two weeks after surgery. If you have stitches, they will be removed in the office a week or two after your surgery.

Acetaminophen (Tylenol) is usually recommended for any discomfort. Dr. Patel may prescribe a stronger pain medication based on the treatment protocol for the surgery.

How long is the recovery time?

The time necessary to recover from oculoplastic surgery depends on the type of procedure performed, and can vary for each individual. Oculoplastic surgeries are generally free of complications, and most patients report little discomfort during the procedure and recovery.

Does insurance cover oculoplastic surgery?

Before you can undergo such surgery, your surgeon will check with your insurance company to determine whether your procedure is covered. Because of the potential out-of-pocket cost of an oculoplastic procedure, it is important that you ask your surgeon to thoroughly explain the benefits of your procedure.

How can I take care of myself at home?

Your recovery will depend on your condition and the type of surgery you have. Dr. Patel will give you specific instructions to follow. Here are some tips to keep in mind:

When should I call my doctor?

After surgery, it is important to contact the Eye Center right away if you have:

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