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A 35-year-old member asked:

Vitrectomy surgery; how can i clean crusty drainage?

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Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 20 years experience
See below: Clean warm compresses used several times a day. Also, you can use a fresh bottle of artificial tear drops.
Dr. Richard Wieder
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
Eyelid discharge: After any kind of eye surgery can be removed by using a moist tissue or cotton pad. Use this to gently wipe away the crusting from the lids. If the crusting is hard, leave the moist compresses on your eyes for awhile. This will help to soften it up.

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A 45-year-old member asked:

How do you clean crusty drainage after a vitrectomy surgery?

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Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
Ask retinal surgeon: There should not be a lot of drainage after vitrectomy, and this could be a sign of infection or leakage (rare). So, ask your surgeon about this. Sometimes crusting can also be a residue of postoperative eye drops. Usually a warm compress to the eyelids and gentle cleaning of the external lids can loosen and remove debris. This debris can also harbor bacteria, so it is good to remove it.

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