REFRACTION RELATED FAQS
A child’s eye is a growing eye and as the child grows certain dimensions of the eyes change. In the process of growth certain dimensions of the eyes change. In the process of growth certain eyes grow in length beyond normal resulting into myopia and myopia can increase till child becomes an adult (18-20 years of age), If a child has myopia, he needs to wear glasses throughout the day as he can see far off distance only with the help of glasses.
Some children’s eyes stop short of normal growth and eyeball size remains smaller than normal resulting into hypermetropia. These children have to strain their eye to see the blackboard in school and also for reading small print in the books. Some children with hypermetropia, as they grow can get freedom from glasses and some may not. Some children may suffer from a condition called astigmatism wherein the curvature of their eyes shows more than normal differences. These children do need to wear glasses or their eyes can become “lazy”.
SURGERY RELATED FAQS
Maintaining personal hygiene is of utmost importance such as washing hands before putting eyedrops.
- Once you reach home, have a normal diet and a mild analgesic tablet if you feel discomfort.
- Take a clean vessel with water and boil it. Soak some surgical cotton in it for about 7-10 mins. Let the water come down to room temperature. Keep the vessel closed during cooling period. Use this boiled and cooled cotton to clean the operated eye. You can use this boiled and cooled cotton for one whole day. Use this cotton to wipe /dab the eye after putting eyedrops.
- Remove the eye patch the same day or early morning next day. Wash your hands and wipe the skin around the eye – the eyebrow region and the upper cheek area with the boiled and cooled cotton balls.
- Start using eyedrops after wiping the eye. Wash your hands and wipe them dry with a clean towel before and after putting eyedrops. Bend the neck backwards and pull the skin of the lower eyelid and put a single eyedrop. Keep the eyes closed for 3-4 mins. Wipe the spilled over eyedrop with the boiled and cooled cotton ball.
- Keep a minimum interval of 15-30 mins between any two eyedrops.
- Start using the dark or transparent protective glasses provided to you. It is recommended that these glasses should be used till the eyedrops course gets over.
- Your operated eye may have mild redness, watering , mild discomfort and a blurry vision. These will reduce as your eye starts healing. You can carry on with your routine activities at home.
- Do not rub or press your eyes at any time till the eyedrops course finishes. Avoid watering plants as there is a chance of catching fungal infection.
- Be careful while handling small babies as they have a very quick response action. They may pull your glasses and poke their fingers in your eyes out of curiosity!
- It is okay to go for morning/evening walk provided the area is not smoky or dusty. You can do gentle exercises.
- Avoid jerky movements, sneezing forcefully, coughing and constipation. For cold, cough and constipation visit your family physician.
- If possible, avoid long journey by bus or train until the eyes settle down and becomes normal.
- Take bath everyday shoulder downwards till you get instructions from the doctor for headbath.
- Wipe your face with a wet towel twice or thrice a day.
- Do not splash water in your eyes till the course of eyedrops gets over.
- Swimming is allowed only after 2-3 months.
- Follow up with the doctor as per the dates given to you.