Reasons for Procedure
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- Damage to the eye
- Decreased vision
- Increased eye pressure
- Detached retina
- Droopy eyelid
- Need for more surgery
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
- Complete eye exam
- An A-scan—a test using either sound waves or a laser to determine the strength of the replacement lens
- Administer eye drops
- Administer antibiotic injections
Description of the Procedure
How Long Will It Take?
Will It Hurt?
- Adjusting activities until the eye is healed.
- Taking medications, such as antibiotic and anti-inflammatory eye drops.
- Taking pain medications.
- Using an eye patch, eye shield,or UV-protecting sunglasses when you are outside..
Call Your Doctor
- Signs of infection, including fever and chills
- Change in vision
- Redness, swelling, increasing pain, bleeding, or discharge from the affected eye
- Visual disturbances, such as double vision, flashes of light, floaters, part of the field of vision is missing, or eye pressure
American Optometric Association http://www.aoa.org
Eye Smart—American Academpy of Ophthalmology http://www.eyesmart.org
Canadian Ophthalmological Society http://www.cos-sco.ca
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 12/2014 -
- Update Date: 12/20/2014 -
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