6. What is the recovery like after surgery?
When your anesthesia wears off, your eyelids will feel tight and swollen. You will be able to return home, but you’ll need someone to drive you home since your eyesight may be blurred and your eyes may be covered in gauze. Allow your body to rest and heal by taking at least two weeks off work.
When you return home, it is recommended to sleep on two pillows to keep your head elevated and lay on your back to avoid turning your head to either side.
There will be swelling and puffiness around the eyes, but this is entirely normal and part of the healing process. Your eyelids may feel numb, and the incisions surrounding your eyes may be noticeable and pink in colour. Additionally, your eyes may be watery or dry, and you may have some sensitivity to light.
A few days after surgery, you may have double vision or blurriness. Wear dark sunglasses during this time, especially if you plan on going outside.
During the first few weeks, you should avoid excessive screen time that may dry out the eyes (e.g., computers, phones, tv, iPad)
You should avoid strenuous exercises such as running and swimming. Bending and lifting should also be avoided as these movements cause you to lower your face down, causing increased blood flow to the eyes.
After approx. two weeks, light makeup can be worn, and contact lenses can be used. However, sunglasses should still be worn when outside to protect the eyes against sunlight and harsh winds.
After about six weeks, the final result of your eyelid surgery should be visible, but some mild swelling may reside. After that, your eyes will begin to appear rejuvenated and refreshed.