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Patient instructions after a DCR operation

  1. During the first week after surgery you may get a little bleeding from your nose. In order to minimize this, you are advised to sit up rather than lie down, and to sleep with extra pillows at night. You must not blow your nose for one week immediately after your operation. After that you are encouraged to blow your nose to clear clots. .
  2. You will be prescribed eye drops for three to four weeks and possible antibiotic tablets to take for 5 to 7 days.
  3. Some patients are also prescribed a nasal steroid spray.
  4. Please avoid aspirin for at least 10 days after surgery - take paracetamol or codeine based tablets for mild discomfort or ache.
  5. Avoid exercise and especially swimming for 2 weeks after surgery.
  6. Do not apply makeup for the first 2 weeks after surgery.
  7. You may fly from 7 days after surgery.
  8. Avoid homeopathic medicines which promote fast healing.