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Eye removal surgery will be difficult for you and your child.
After eye removal surgery, your child will come home with bandages over their affected eye. The eyelid will likely be sewn shut.
The doctor will place a clear device called a conformer in the socket during surgery. It helps the eye socket keep its normal size and shape after the eye is removed.
The nurses in recovery will let you know when to start giving your child these medicines.
Your child’s care team will give you medicine to take home to help with nausea after surgery.
Your child’s care team will also give you antibiotics to take home. These medicines help prevent infections.
Your child may be sent home with Neomycin/polymyxin B/dexamethaxone eye ointment.
Your child will have a pressure bandage on the eye that had surgery.
You might notice:
Try to keep your child from taking the bandage off. Sometimes children take it off before the doctor wants it off.
Do not put it back on. Call your child’s care team instead.
Use eye ointment as prescribed. You will start using it when your child’s bandage comes off.
Do not panic if the conformer comes out of the socket. Follow these steps below to put it back.
Putting the conformer in the socket is hardest the first time. You will get more comfortable doing it after that.
Do not leave the conformer out for more than 1 day. Call your child’s care team if you cannot get it back in.
It is normal for some liquid to come from your child’s eye socket after surgery. It might include:
Keep the area around your child’s eyelids clean and dry. Tears can irritate the skin.
Call your child’s care team right away if you notice:
Your child will get a prescription for new glasses. These glasses might be designed to correct your child’s vision. Or they might not.
The lenses must be made of a sturdy material called polycarbonate. Your child needs these lenses to protect the remaining eye.
Your child should wear glasses all the time while awake. There are no exceptions.
The glasses should not break with normal use. They can break with abuse like playing with them or trying to break them on purpose.
Your child’s care team will help you make an appointment to get an artificial eye made. It will be 6-8 weeks (about 2 months) after surgery.
Your attitude toward your child during this time affects how they react to the loss of an eye. Body image changes affect everyone differently depending on factors like on age, race, and sex.
Acknowledging body image changes is important. Help your child deal with and talk about these complicated emotions. Ask for help if you need it. Your child’s care team is a valuable resource as you and your child adjust to life after eye removal surgery.
Call your child’s care team at any time if you have problems or questions. They are ready to help.
Reviewed: April 2022