Radiosurgery is the latest technology that is used in eyelid surgeries. With radiosurgery, your doctor will use radiofrequency to make very small and precise incisions. Radiosurgery comes with less bleeding and a faster recovery time, as well as other benefits. Here’s what you need to know about recovery from your radiosurgery for eyelids.
Your recovery time from radiosurgery will be less than recovery from traditional eyelid surgery. You will be able to use the eye within a couple of days after your surgery, after the swelling begins to decrease. You will have a full recovery and be able to resume normal activity within a week to 10 days. During your recovery, you may want to take time off work and spend time at home until you are able to use the eye without covering or issue.
In some cases, you may be required to wear an eye patch immediately after surgery and for up to 48 hours after surgery. The eye patch is there to protect the incisions and stitches from your procedure. The eye patch also protects your eye as the eyelid begins to heal, when the eyelid may not be protecting the eye as much as it should be. You may be asked to apply an ointment to the eyelid to aid in healing, or you may need to use eye drops to keep the eye moist during recovery. Your eyelid surgeon will give you complete recovery instructions.
You will have a follow up appointment with your eyelid doctor, usually within the first week after surgery. This is to ensure that your eyelid is healing properly and that the problem was resolved with surgery. It is important to keep your follow-up appointments, even if your eyelid seems to be healing well or you have no more discomfort.