You’ve sustained an orbital fracture which involves bones surrounding the eyeball ( called the orbit, or eye socket). Usually this kind of injury is caused by blunt force trauma. When something hits the eye very hard. Please follow these instructions for your post op care.
An incision was made in the inside of your eyelid during surgery therefore some irritation and foreign body sensation in the eyes of normal. To help this and decrease scarring on the inside of the eyelid and or drops MUST be put in the eye, 4 times a day until seen in clinic for the post operative visit. You can use the drops during the day and ointment at bed time, or ointment throughout.
** DO NOT PULL ON THE LOWER LID. ** To apply: look up and place the ointment just above your eyelash of the lower lid, the ointment will spread over the eye when you blink.
Using the ointment will blur your vision if it is necessary for you to travel please arrange for someone to drive, NO DRIVING until edema subsides and the vision is normal.
Take the antibiotic pills by mouth as directed until they are all finished.
You will be prescribed a narcotic pain medication Remember to always eat before taking any pain medications to avoid nausea. Drink plenty of water and eat high fiber foods ( fruits, vegetables and whole grains). To avoid constipation, an over the counter stool softener may be necessary while taking the pain medication, DO NOT drink alcohol while taking the medication.
If sutures are needed. You will need to keep the area clean and apply the over the counter antibiotic ointment to keep it moist. Do not use the antibiotic ointment over three days in a row, use plain Vaseline to the area. If sutures are needed. They will be removed during your follow up visit.