Full-term infants less than 1 month old will be admitted for overnight observation. Premature infants less than 20 weeks from their due date will also require overnight observation. Older infants and children go home the same day.
The ophthalmologist will speak to the parents as soon as he or she has completed the procedure. At this time, the doctor will provide post-surgery instructions including the use of eye drops and/or ointment to help with healing and protect from infection.
The patient should not have any pain, although some children and infants may be fussy, tired and disoriented, and may experience some nausea and/or vomiting from the anesthesia.
The patient will also need to wear a metal eye shield to help protect the eye for several weeks after surgery. Discourage the child from rubbing or pressing on the eye.
After surgery, the doctor will follow the patient's care closely. For long-term care, children will need to wear glasses, bifocals and/or contact lenses after surgery in order to get the best vision. They may also need to wear a patch over the unaffected eye to improve vision. The length that it must be worn will be determined by the doctor throughout the follow-up visits.