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Eye pain after eye/eyelid surgery/injection

A great majority of people who undergo any type of eye- or eyelid procedure (e.g., Cataract Surgery, LASIK, Intravitreal injections for Macular Degeneration, even Eyelid Plastic Surgery) experience what they describe as a “deep” eye pain or a general discomfort in their eyes that does not resolve completely with their medications (steroid eye drops, topical NSAIDs, lubricating eye ointments, and artificial tears); some also complain of itchiness, tearing, redness, and even sensitivity to light. In addition to the prescribed regimen of eye-drops and ointments, one of the most effective means of relieving these symptoms is the application of warm compresses to the inflamed eye/eyelid. Aside from improving the general hygiene of the eye that has recently undergone surgery/injection, the application of heat is extremely effective in relieving the “deep” pain and other symptoms that make the patients so uncomfortable. Depending on the severity of these symptoms, applying an eye-press to the closed eye can safely be repeated up to 3-4 times daily as needed.