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CARE AFTER CORNEAL TRANSPLANT

What should I do after corneal transplant?

You will need to do eye dressing for two (2) weeks after the surgery, once every morning. The sterile cotton balls and sterile water can be obtained at the pharmacy without a doctor’s prescription.

What should I avoid after corneal transplant?

You must not rub or touch your eye postoperatively. Do not get water and soap into your operated eye for one to two (1 – 2) months. Stay away from dusty and crowded environments. Avoid strenuous exercises for four to six (4 – 6) weeks and swimming and contact sports for six to nine (6 – 9) months. Avoid constipation, bending and lifting heavy objects.

What do I look out for after corneal transplant?

It is normal to experience irritation on your operated eye during the first few weeks. You may also experience “sandy” sensations due to the presence of sutures in the operated eye. Do not touch or rub the eye. Sutures may be removed by the doctors at the doctors' discretion any time from three (3) months to one (1) year postoperatively.

If you experience irritation or pain in the operated eye, please consult a corneal specialist immediately. It could be due to a loose or broken suture which needs to be removed by a doctor.

How well can I expect to see after surgery?

Your vision may be poor initially or fluctuate from time to time after surgery. As the cornea heals, your vision will improve gradually, as the swelling and inflammation subsides and the refractive error (power of spectacle lenses) stabilises. Your glass prescriptions may need to be changed from time to time.

How can I protect my eye?

You will need to wear the eye shield when you sleep to protect the operated eye to prevent inadvertant rubbing of eyes during sleep.

Wear sunglasses to avoid excessive glare when you go outdoors.

Will I need to see the doctor after surgery?

Corneal Transplant follow-up checks are a lifetime commitment. It is important to attend regular follow-up checks with your surgeon after the surgery.

If you miss your appointment, our corneal nurse will send you a letter with your new appointment date and time. Kindly ensure that your address is updated in our appointment system.

Will I need to use medications?

It is important to understand the purpose of the prescribed eye drops and adhere to the eye drop regime to prevent infection and rejection of the donor cornea.

Follow your doctor’s instructions carefully.

If you run out of eye drops, it is very important to get a new prescription from your doctor before your next follow-up visit. Please do not stop your eye drops unless instructed to do so.

When should I call my doctor?

You should seek medical treatment right away if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Redness of the eye
  • Pain and discomfort of the eye
  • Sudden drop in vision
  • Increased tearing

During our office hours, you may come to SNEC to see your surgeon. If your surgeon is not in, you will be attended to by another corneal transplant specialist. 

After office hours, please proceed to Singapore General Hospital, Accident & Emergency Department at Blk 1 .

Will I be given contact numbers to contact the corneal nurse?

You will be given contact numbers to contact the corneal nurse during and after office hours should you need any advice. If you do not have the 24-hour mobile number of your corneal nurse, please obtain it when you come for your next follow-up visit.

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