The Dos and Don’ts After Eyelid Surgery

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Here are some Dos and Don’ts to follow after surgery to have a successful recovery:


Do follow your surgeon’s instructions. Every person will have a different experience with surgery, and your doctor will offer recovery instructions tailored to you.

These instructions may include:

  • Using ice packs on your eyes for a specified period to help soothe the treated area
  • Using prescribed ointments or eye drops
  • Sleeping with your head elevated
  • Wearing dark sunglasses to protect your eyes and the skin around them
  • Taking over-the-counter medications to increase your comfort during recovery

Whatever instructions we give you post-surgery, make sure to follow them.


Don’t do any strenuous activities for at least a week after surgery. Strenuous activities include:

  • Aerobics
  • Jogging or running
  • Swimming
  • Heavy lifting

If you have an exercise routine, talk to your surgeon about when you can resume your regular workouts.

Avoid smoking, rubbing your eyes, and wearing contact lenses. Ask your surgeon when you can resume wearing contacts.

You’ll receive a list of medications you should avoid after surgery. Certain medications, such as aspirin and ibuprofen, can increase bleeding.