After your corneal graft

What is normal after your operation?

The first few weeks you may notice:

  • a gritty feeling, as if there is something in your eye. Some patients call this slight discomfort.
  • some redness of the white of the eye
  • a little tearing
  • poor vision: as time goes on vision may get sharper, but occasionally it may become slightly more blurry.This has to do with wound healing, which may vary in different patients

What can you do after the operation?

  • read normally
  • look at the television normally
  • use your old glasses if they are comfortable to you
  • leave your glasses off if that is more comfortable
  • wash your face and hair, without putting pressure on the operated eye and making sure you keep your eye closed, so water cannot enter it
  • Take great care when bending over.
  • Go out normally. Sunglasses or an eye shield are recommended for the first month.

What you must do after the operation:

  • put the eye drops in as instructed
  • cover your eye during the night with the shield provided (this prevents you from accidentally rubbing or knocking your eye whilst asleep)

When should you get worried about your eye:

  • pain in the eye, that does not go
  • any discharge from the eye that is new

What must you not do after the operation?

  • under no circumstances rub your eye, or press on it.
  • How about spectacles or contact lenses?
  • Most people need glasses for both distance or near, to get the best possible vision after the operation.

Following the operation, we will inform you when it is the best time to go and visit your optician this will be between 3-12 months following surgery and will be after some of the stitches have been taken out.