For patients who are already accustomed to contact lens use, it's not a bad idea to place the contact on for 1 week following ptosis repair. Sleeping in contacts increases the risk of corneal ulcers (infection of the cornea); therefore, antibiotic drops will help prevent surgical wound and corneal infections. For those patients who don't want a contact lens placed, Bacitracin or Erythromycin ophthalmic ointment may be applied 4 times daily for the week.
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Some surgeons will place a contact lens in the eye after internal ptosis repair to function as a bandage. The incision can be irritating to the cornea every time you blink. Some people are not bothered by this, and it usually only lasts a couple of days. Putting a bandage lens or your own contact will help prevent any irritation.
The choice depends on the surgeon. I routinely place bandage contact lens to protect the eyeball/cornea from the internal eyelid stitches (for internal ptosis surgery). It remains in place for one week, at which time the sutures and contact lens are removed.
In most ptosis correction techniques there are no internal incisions or sutures. When the internal incision is used it is supposed to be placed high enough in the lid not to touch the cornea. You may wan to ask your doctor about the level of the incision. The internal eyelid incisions heal extremely fast (usually in a few days to a week).
I do not routinely place a contact lens after internal ptosis repairs, but have on occasion in the past done so. The internal incision and sutures can rub some patients eyes and be quite uncomfortable. In my experience most of the time just the use of lubricating eye drops or ointment is all that is needed. Perhaps you had a large resection and your surgeon was trying to help avoid any potential discomfort. Best wishes.