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SMILE Post-Operative Instructions

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General guidelines:

  • DO NOT rub your operative eye or squeeze your eyelids tightly immediately following your procedure.
  • Wear the protective goggles at bedtime or napping for seven days following ReLEx SMILE surgery.
  • Use your best judgment when exercising. We strongly recommend headbands for sweat for seven days and goggles for contact sports up to a month.
  • It is ok to shower or bathe; however, avoid getting water into your eyes for two weeks after surgery.
  • Avoid smoky or dusty rooms or areas with chemical vapors for two weeks following ReLEx SMILE surgery.
  • DO NOT wear make-up or apply lotion around the eyes for two weeks following ReLEx SMILE  surgery.
  • DO NOT swim or dive in pools or the ocean for one month after surgery.
  • Some eye drops may sting for up to 2 minutes or cause temporary blurred vision.
  • DO NOT drive unless you feel safe and confident with your vision.

Surgical discomfort:

Use the medication as prescribed by Dr. Manolette Roque.


Regular diet day of surgery.

How to use eye drops:

  • Wash your hands before administration of eye drop medications.
  • DO NOT touch eye dropper, or let dropper touch your eye.
  • Shake eye drops well before using.
  • Tilt your head back, gazing upward and pull down on lower eyelid, making a pouch.
  • Place dropper directly over eye and administer prescribed number of drops.
  • Look downward and gently close your eye for 1 or 2 minutes.
  • Try not to blink or rub eye.
  • DO NOT rinse eye dropper.
  • WAIT 5 minutes between every new type of eye drop medication administered.

Report any of the following to your doctor:

  • Uncontrollable nausea or vomiting
  • Worsening vision
  • Development of rash
  • Excessive pain, not relieved by pain relievers

For Emergencies

  • Call us up at St. Luke's Medical Center Global City MAB 217 at +639178442020 or +639989982020 from 8am-5pm from Mondays to Saturdays. After clinic hours, please proceed to the St. Luke's Medical Center Global City Emergency Room. We have Board-certified ophthalmologists on duty to evaluate and assist you. They will call up and update Dr. Manolette Roque.