Recovering After Glaucoma Surgery

Dr Alan Mendelsohn

Dr. Alan Mendelsohn
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A physician with Eye Surgeons & Consultants in Hollywood, Florida, Dr. Alan Mendelsohn provides a wide range of eye care to patients. Dr. Alan Mendelsohn earned his MD from Northwestern University Medical School nearly four decades ago, and he now specializes in such eye issues as glaucoma and glaucoma surgery.

Most glaucoma surgeries are done to relieve pressure inside the eye and, on average, they take 45 minutes to an hour to complete. You can normally return home a few hours after the operation, but you will not be able to drive yourself due to the effects of the medications used in the procedure. For at least one day, you will have to rely on your vision in one eye only, because your surgeon will place a patch over the operated eye to protect it. Although this patch is typically removed during a follow-up visit the next day, your vision in the affected eye will be blurred for several days or a few weeks.

During the recovery process, you should wear a form of eye protection at all times. Most of your regular activities can be resumed shortly after the procedure, but significant exertion such as running or jumping must be avoided. Further, you should not lift anything heavy for at least the first week after your surgery. While bathing, make sure you wear a shield to protect your eye and do not bend forward for any prolonged period of time. Avoid washing your face. Rather, gently remove matter from around your eye with a warm washcloth. In most cases, you will be able to return to work within a few weeks.

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Frequently Asked Questions in Ophthalmology: What is Conjunctivitis?

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Ophthalmologist Alan Mendelsohn tends to patients’ eye care needs at Eye Surgeons & Consultants in Hollywood, Florida. Dr. Alan Mendelsohn holds an MD from Northwestern University, and maintains a focus on corneal afflictions and other diseases of the eye, including conjunctivitis.

Question: What is conjunctivitis?
Answer: More commonly called pinkeye, conjunctivitis is the inflammation of the thin tissue that covers the eye and inner eyelid. This inflammation can have a variety of causes, including viruses, bacteria, irritants, and allergens.

Question: How do people get conjunctivitis?
Answer: Conjunctivitis is commonly spread from one person to another in the form of a bacteria or virus. Pinkeye is not contagious when brought on by allergens or irritation.

Question: How can conjunctivitis be avoided?
Answer: Like most contagious conditions, conjunctivitis can be avoided by washing hands frequently, keeping hands away from the face and mouth, and refraining from sharing makeup and personal grooming items.

Question: Is conjunctivitis dangerous?
Answer: In most cases, conjunctivitis is merely annoying. However, it can also be a sign of an STI. Conjunctivitis in newborns should always be taken seriously, as it can cause permanent damage or loss of sight.