Postoperative and recovery after an eyelid surgery

To shorten the recovery time and with a natural result after surgery, experts at Worldwide Hospital will guide customers on postoperative care and recovery after an eyelid surgery.

Caring for your wound after eyelid surgery

In general, how the clients takes care of their eyes after surgery will greatly affect their eye health and determine the final outcome. Therefore, in the beginning, the client needs to strictly follow the regulations for postoperative wound care.

After being discharged from the hospital, Worldwide Hospital will provide customer with wound care instructions which include:

Wound care kit

  • Self-care instruction sheet after surgery.
  • 0.9% Sodium Chloride solution.
  • Medical bandage and gauze set.

Instructions for Self-Wound Care at Home:

Customers should:

  • Change their bandages daily.
  • Use a cotton pad soaked in physiological saline to clean the wound. The wound should always be dry and avoid direct contact with water.
  • Avoid exposing the eyes to dirt in the first week.
  • Apply a cold compress with ice regularly for 24-48 hours to reduce swelling.
  • Use cosmetics from trusted sources.
  • Wear sunglasses to avoid direct exposure to sunlight.
  • Rest at home

Customer should:

  • Avoid direct contact with water.
  • Avoid rubbing or pulling your eyelids for the 1st week.
  • Do not use makeup and wear contact lenses during the first 2 postoperative weeks.
  • Look at computer screens, mobile phones, and TVs for too long (over 30 minutes at a time).
  • Avoid staying up late and working to prevent eye fatigue.

Follow up appointment

Recovery process:

  • The eyelids may look significantly bruised and swollen for the first two weeks after surgery depending on each individual’s constitution.
  • Natural eyes are expected after 1 month when the sutures are removed.

Follow-up appointment with the doctor:

  • Surgical sutures are removed after 7 days.
  • If there is increased of swelling, bruising, and continuous pain, the client must immediately go to the hospital for examination.

Nutrition and medication


  • Drink plenty of water (2 liters/day)
  • Eat fruits and vegetables rich in fiber, vitamin A, C, E such as oranges, papayas, carrots, green vegetables, …
  • Consume calorie and protein-rich foods such as lean pork, salmon, etc.
  • Take the prescribed medication by your doctor.

Not recommended:

  • Avoid alcohol and tobacco for 5 weeks.
  • Avoid seafood for the first 3 months.
  • Avoid carbonated drinks and spicy foods.
  • Avoid fried and stir-fried foods.
  • Avoid sticky rice, beef, eggs, seafood, or foods with a strong odor.



  • Customer can do exercises such as yoga, running, light gym workouts, cycling, light weightlifting, or aerobics after 1 week post-surgery.
  • Avoid eye strain by looking at screens for only 20 minute, have 20 seconds of rest, and then look into the distance of 20 feet – 6m to avoid eye strain.

Not recommended:

  • Avoid intense exercise or gym workouts for 1 month after eye surgery. This can cause damage to the eyes and prolong the recovery process.
  • Avoid sports or activities with the risk of dust, debris, or foreign objects getting into the eyes.
  • No swimming in the first month.

The outcome of eye surgery is determined by the post-operative care. Therefore, the client should follow instructions given by the doctor regarding hygiene, nutrition, medication, exercise, and follow-up appointments for optimal recovery.