Eyelid surgery recovery is one of the most important aspects of the entire operation, because it's during this time that your eyelids will heal and regain their full function. A lot of people go into eyelid surgery without knowing what to expect from the recovery phase, and as a result a lot of the effects can be uncomfortable, painful, and even a bit scary.
Immediately following the surgery you'll most likely be taken to a recovery room, where you'll be able to rest under observation for the next few hours. In some cases, you'll be asked to stay the night at the hospital or clinic, and if you plan to go home the same night it's important to have someone else drive you.
Blurriness of vision is one of the most common effects seen in patients during eyelid surgery recovery, and is one of the effects of the lubrication that the surgeon uses during the procedure. A lot of people panic when the first notice this because the first reaction is understandably that something went wrong with the procedure. Your doctor should explain any potential side effects that you might be experiencing, but if he doesn't you can rest assured that it's not something you need to really worry about.
For the first week or so during your eyelid surgery recovery you should take care not to do anything strenuous. If you experience any pain or discomfort let your doctor know right away. It's a very common reaction, so it's nothing to worry about, but your doctor will probably write you a prescription for some form of pain relief medication to keep the discomfort at a minimum. It's important that you do not use any over the counter painkillers without talking to your doctor first. Most of the pain relief medications on the market contain aspirin or ibuprofen, which are both blood thinners. These medications might cause your eyelids to start bleeding again.
Every surgery comes with at least a small risk of infection, and eyelid surgery is no different. It's important if you want to protect your eyesight that you stay in close contact with your doctor during your eyelid surgery recovery because infections can have very serious long-term effects on your eyes. One of the first signals that you have an infection is a temperature that's higher than normal.
This is why it's a good idea to take your temperature with a home thermometer at least once a day for about 10 days after the date of the surgery. You should have some prescribed antibiotics to fight the risk of infection, and if you don't ask your doctor about the possibility of getting some and your chances of developing infection. If you do have prescribed antibiotics, don't stop taking them until the prescription runs out, even if your eyes feel like they are healed completely. Most infections come about because people stop taking their medications too early. Just follow the advice of your doctor and you should be perfectly fine.