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Now that’s going to be difficult and, as someone who has experienced it, I encourage you to prepare carefully for the face-down period. Getting over eye surgery is difficult enough and having to position yourself face-down for such a long period doesn’t make things any easier. Your main task will be to make yourself as comfortable as possible during this period. Keeping your head down for such a protracted period will be very difficult without support. …and how will you manage this while sleeping?
The first thing that comes to mind is
some sort of support to keep the head in the correct position, without causing
back and neck pain.
This is where RetinaRecovery can help as you will be able to rent what is essentially a table-top support, that can be adjusted to keep your head in the correct position.
This unit is also height adjustable so it can be placed on top of a table
allowing sufficient space below your head to write, read a book or have a drink,
The support equipment we provide can be
also adjusted so that it fits on the edge of bed enabling you to lie down
and rest your eye.
It can also be adjusted so that you can
lie down on the bed in a sleeping position.
You can even use it with your glasses on
(by turning the headrest sideways).
Spending hour-after-hour face down can be socially isolating so to help with this we provide you with a special mirror which will allow you to see whatever’s in front of you without lifting your head.
One of the most important things to consider is the boredom of being face-down for such a long period, so you need to look into ways of entertaining yourself. Talking books are most helpful, so it’s worth a trip to the library to stock up on CD’s. A portable MP3 player (eg an iPod) with some audio books loaded is another solution. Another useful item is a portable DVD player as it will enable you to load and view a DVD with the DVD player placed flat underneath you (allowing your head to remain in the face-down position). Watching TV is also possible using the provided mirror. It’s even possible to rig up a portable DVD player to act as a TV monitor so that you can watch what you wish on TV.
It’s always going to be better if you have someone to help you cope over this difficult period …but if you are alone then some extra preparation is needed:
You will be able
to get up and walk around with your head down for short periods but the
things you need should be close by and easily accessible.
o Medications should ready to take and be close at hand
o Prepare meals which will be easy to heat up quickly in a microwave
o Get in a good supply of snack foods and ‘popper’ drinks so that you can feed yourself when hungry
( ‘Popper’ drinks come with a straw, making them easier to drink)
o Keep a good supply of comfortable clothing handy
Bath rather than shower, as it’s easier to keep water away from your eye (always wear the provided eye shield though).
If possible arrange for a back massage with your head-down.
Walk around occasionally and stretch lightly to help avoid stiffness and the possibility of DVT.
Be assured that with proper
support you'll get though this. It’s difficult, but not impossible and the
more you comply with the face-down
positioning the better your chances of success will be. If you have any questions feel free to email us
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