If you have recently experienced a retinal detachment surgery then it’s crucial to follow the guidelines post-surgery in order to heal properly. However, one of the most important guidelines to follow is on how to sleep after retinal detachment surgery and we will focus on outlining exactly how to prepare.
How To Sleep After Retinal Detachment Surgery:
In order for the gas bubble post-surgery to float into the accurate position, it is up to the patient to maintain the correct position in recovery.
The position to maintain throughout recovery depends on the location of the break. You need to maintain a specific head position for at least three days after surgery. You will need to sleep with head tilted to the side opposite to where the retina break is found at the time of surgery to allow the gas bubble to keep the retina in place around the break area until the retina seals in that area. Sometimes you might to sleep face down for one night after the surgery, it is a hard position to maintain. If you need to be face down then we recommended placing pillows behind your side to prevent you from rolling onto your back for that night. For the rest of the positioning period, your retina specialist at the Annan Retina Eye Center, allows you to sleep on your side while resting your ear on one pillow, but it’s important to consult your ophthalmologist before. If laying on your side, however, keep pressure off the eye that was operated on, and to reduce pressure try hanging your eye that was operated on off the side of the bed.
We understand the daunting task of being faced down so make sure to prepare as best you can before. There are different tools to help you carry out your everyday tasks in this face-down posture such as face-down mirrors, pillows, headrests, or chairs. Some insurance providers may cover some of these costs for necessary equipment so check with them prior.
Now that you know how to sleep after retinal detachment surgery, you might be wondering how long you need to carry this out. Unfortunately, the answer will vary depending on your specific needs, but we can estimate it about 3 days, it can be up to 7 days in rare cases.
If you believe you are due for an eye exam or have questions regarding your upcoming surgery, please schedule a visit with Dr. El Annan at the Annan Retina Eye Center. Please call 346-222-6626 to speak to a member of staff who will be more than happy to help you.