My Conjunctivochalasis Surgery Experience
Last updated: July 2022
Yesterday I had the first of two surgeries to repair the conjunctiva which is the film over the cornea that sometimes sags and wrinkles.
I have it in both eyes and it has caused over a year of misery. My doctor said it's the only way to correct what's happened to my poor dry eyes.
Conjectivochalasis surgery fears
I was very apprehensive about the surgery. Oh boy, I read all about it and when he said he will not only sew the membrane but also will staple it to ensure it grafts perfect, I almost backed out.
I didn't and the surgery was very easy.
I was given a mild sedative to calm me and I know he must have done something to my eye to numb it but I didn't feel that.
I was awake during the entire procedure and heard all the conversations they were having. It was not painful and it didn't take but about 20 minutes and I was back in recovery.
What is post-surgery like?
The recovery was very brief about 30 minutes and I was discharged to my ride home.
When I got home my eye was covered with a shield that doctor said I could remove at home and to only put it on when I was sleeping.
I had no pain until around 9 that evening so I took Tylenol and Ibuprofin and had a good night's sleep.
The next morning I went back to see the doctor and he said everything looked good and to continue with the two different drops he provided. One is an antibiotic which is used 3 times a day and the other is a mysterious vial that I received at his office and it's to be kept in the fridge and used every 2 hours 8 AM to 8 PM.
My eye is a bit tired and a bit sore but otherwise it seems ok. This is only less than 48 hours out but I'm encouraged by the fact that I see clearly despite the contact lens that is over the membrane graft.
I hope this has helped anyone who is thinking of having the procedure. I'm thinking positive thoughts about its outcome and looking forward to the other eye being done.
Has having dry eye helped you better advocate for yourself?