What You Can & Can’t Do After Eyelid Surgery

Eyelid surgery is a popular operation at my Seattle practice because it can provide dramatic changes with relatively little discomfort. Most patients can resume everyday activities several days after surgery, such as wearing eyeglasses or contacts. Although most bruising can be covered by makeup, I do suggest allowing at least 3 weeks before attending an important social function (such as a wedding).

To make sure your eyelid surgery recovery goes as well as possible, it’s important to follow your surgeon’s postoperative instructions. Those usually include:

  • Sleep with your head elevated for the first few days after surgery to minimize swelling.
  • Place ice compresses on your eyes for 1 to 3 days.
  • Avoid activities that dry the eyes (reading, watching television, wearing contacts, and using a computer).
  • Avoid excessive blinking, which leads to increased swelling.
  • Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from wind and sun irritation.
  • Avoid any activity that increases blood flow to the eyes (bending, lifting, crying, and exercise).

Have any additional questions about recovery or the procedure? Leave them in a comment below.

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