Retinal Detachment

Care After

Refer to this sheet in the next few weeks. These instructions provide you with information on caring for yourself after your procedure. Your caregiver may also give you more specific instructions. Your treatment has been planned according to current medical practices, but problems sometimes occur. Call your caregiver if you have any problems or questions after your procedure.


  • Avoid strenuous activities for several weeks or as directed.

  • Avoid activities in which you are bent over at the waist or your head is lower than your waist.

  • Avoid straining, such as from coughing, or with urinating or having a bowel movement. Use a stool softener if needed.

  • You develop new, unexplained problems or an increase of the problems which brought you to your caregiver.

  • If medications which kill germs (antibiotics) or eye drops were prescribed, take as directed and for as long as directed.

  • Keep appointments as directed.

  • Only take over-the-counter or prescription medicines for pain, discomfort, or fever as directed by your caregiver.


  • You have redness, swelling, or increasing discharge from the eye.

  • You have increased pain in the eye.

  • You have a fever.

  • You have changes in the vision of the affected eye.

  • You have a change in vision such as light flashes, floaters (light or dark spots), lines or holes or clouding of your vision.