Patient Information

Eye surgery leaflets

Ophthalmic Department
Colchester Eye Centre
Colchester Primary Care Centre
Tel: 07780 005 814
Monday to Friday, 9am–5pm


Advice for removal of eye dressing


On the night of your operation

As the local anaesthetic wears off it is normal for the eye to feel sore or to have a gritty, prickly itchy sensation. If you experience any discomfort or pain take a simple pain relief medication, such as paracetamol, but avoid aspirin. If the pain or a headache persists for more than two hours after taking pain relief, seek medical advice.


On the morning after the operation

  • Before and after touching your eye, please wash your hands
  • Please remove your dressing in the morning
  • Clean your eyelids using cooled, boiled water
  • Use cotton wool ball or make-up remover pad
  • Close your eyes and gently clean across the lids from the nose outwards
  • Wipe across one way only
  • Use cotton wool ball once only – use a clean cotton wool ball for each wipe across the eyelid
  • Shake the bottle of eye drops before each drop
  • Instil your drops as instructed and continue all other eye drops, especially glaucoma (eye pressure) drops, unless otherwise directed
  • After this only clean your eye if it feels sticky

Some blurred vision can be expected for a few weeks and the white of your eye could be bloodshot.

If you experience any pain or worsening of your vision you may need to be seen immediately.


For advice

Monday to Friday, 9am–5pm, please telephone 07780 005 814.

Out of hours – Weekdays 5pm–7pm and weekends and bank holidays, 11am–4pm, please telephone 01206 286 882, or contact your GP, or go to a walk-in centre or the nearest accident and emergency department.



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