Recovery by procedure
You'll be discharged around an hour after your procedure. You'll need a friend or relative to take you home because your vision will be affected. We'll provide you with pain relief and eye drops to take home where appropriate and will give you advice on your recovery. The eye drops your consultant used to dilate the pupils may make your eyes blurry for a few hours. It's likely the white of your eye will be red for a few days.
You may notice black swirls in your vision for a few weeks. Within 24 hours your eye will feel normal but take the eye drops we'll give you for a few days to prevent infection. Generally your recovery should be quick and uneventful but don't drive for 24 hours.
Anti-VEGF treatment is carried out monthly. After you've had three injections over three months we will monitor you and discuss whether the treatment should continue.
Surgery (Photodynamic therapy)
Most people don't experience much pain and are able to resume normal indoor activities on the first day.
But try to avoid any direct sunlight for the first two days. This might mean asking a friend or relative to do a bit of shopping for you. It's typically fine to resume normal activities after a day or two.
You might experience blurred vision for up to 24 hours and it can take two weeks to recover fully. You could ask a friend or relative to help out with shopping and household chores while you're recovering.
How your loved ones can help
Depending on the sight in your other eye you might need some help for a few days with routine tasks such as shopping and driving.
Looking after you
Even after you've left hospital, we're still looking after you every step of the way.
Depending on the procedure you've had for AMD, we may want to see you again about afterwards to see how you are doing.
On rare occasions, there can be complications following AMD treatment. We will talk to you about the possible risks and complications of having this procedure and how they apply to you.
If you have questions or concerns about your recovery, we're here to help.