Orbital Decompression Recovery Guidelines

Post-Op Instructions

Post-Operative Instructions: Orbital Decompression

The following instructions will provide helpful information that will assist your recovery. These are designed to be general guidelines. Remember, everyone recovers differently.

Pain Management / Medication

Mild-to-moderate soreness and aching over the surgical site is not uncommon after surgery.

  • You will be given a prescription for a pain medicine after surgery.
  • Please follow the directions on the label.
  • The pain should improve with time.
  • You will also be given a prescription eye drop/ointment, usually ErythromycinOintment, which should be directly applied to the incisions.
  • Please follow the directions on the label.
  • You can use preservative free artificial tears and ointment for comfort.

Wound Care

You will have a variable degree of swelling and bruising which will typically last between two (2) to three (3) weeks.

  • For the first two (2) days after surgery, you should ice the area, typically 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off.
  • Do not get the eye wet for one (1) day following surgery. After that you can shower.
  • Sleep with your head elevated for the first two (2) weeks.


  • Do not lift anything over two (2) pounds the first week after surgery.
  • Avoid strenuous exercise for the first two (2) weeks after surgery. However, it is important to remain active during your recovery.
  • Avoid staying in a “bent over” position for a prolonged period of time for one (1) week after surgery.
  • No swimming for three (3) weeks.
  • Listen to your body and rest when you are tired.


  • It is not uncommon to develop double vision in the early post-operative period. This should improve with time as the swelling resolves.
  • Please try to use both eyes at the same time to facilitate fusion of the two eyes.


If you have any questions or concerns about your recovery, please contact Dr. Douglas at [email protected]. In the event of an emergency, please call 911 or go to your closest emergency room.

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