After your operation, try have a quiet evening at home and avoid strenuous exercise for a week. You are advised not to drive, drink alcohol or take sedative drugs for 24 hours. If your eye pad has not been removed in the ophthalmology clinic, gently remove it in the morning at home and wash normally, taking care to dab and not rub the operation site. If you have had external DCR, it is advisable to keep your skin wound dry and uncovered. After endoscopic DCR, your doctor will usually ask you to perform nasal douching (wash- out) for several weeks using saline spray for the nose.
After the operation, you might experience some blood-stained oozing from your nose. This usually stops after a few hours. If there is bleeding, apply an ice pack to the bridge of your nose (on the opposite side to the dressing). Wipe away any bleeding with a paper tissue. If the bleeding is severe or continues for more than half an hour, seek medical advice immediately from Athens EyeCare Clinic or your nearest accident and emergency department.
If you experience pain, (which is unusual), you can take paracetamol or codeine. You must not take aspirin or ibuprofen for two weeks as this could cause some bleeding. It is usual to have a watery eye for some weeks after surgery until the swelling and inflammation settles, and the rods are removed.