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Oculoplastic Surgery FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) give quick and easy answers to the questions we are asked most often by patients and their families. Although FAQs appear throughout our web site, you may sort them by topic using the convenient prompts below.

During regular business hours, please contact the main office of the Wheaton Eye Clinic at 630.668.8250. If you have an emergency, an “on-call” ophthalmologist can be reached by calling the same number. At the end of the recording, an operator will take your information and relay this to the on-call physician.

If you experience any of the following, please call your doctor immediately:

  • A deep aching pain
  • Sudden increased redness or bloody discharge
  • Sudden increased purulent (pus) discharge
  • Bleeding that is excessive or does not stop
  • Eye pain accompanied by nausea or decrease in vision
  • Flashing lights or a dark curtain coming down over the vision of your eye

The type of sutures that are used will be dependent on the surgery.  Non-dissolvable sutures will typically be removed in 5-14 days. Please do not cut or remove them at home prematurely.  Ask your doctor if you have any specific questions regarding this.

We prefer that all blood thinners be discontinued at least 7–10 days before the day of surgery; however, we strongly urge you to consult with your general doctor or cardiologist prior to stopping any blood thinners (anticoagulants) such as aspirin, Plavix, coumadin and NSAIDs (ibuprofen).

If any lab results or imaging studies such as CT scans of the head or orbit have been completed, please bring them to your visit with Dr. Pak or Dr. Patel.

The surgery that reduces these issues is called a Lower Blepharoplasty and this procedure is purely cosmetic in nature and is not covered by insurance.

No bending, straining or heavy lifting for two weeks.

Typically 2–3 weeks after surgery.

While bruising and swelling vary among patients, one may return to work engaging in non-physical activities by 4–5 days after surgery. This question is based on the degree of surgery necessary for your condition and will be discussed with your oculofacial surgeon.

Generally, insurance companies only cover medically necessary procedures.  There are strict guidelines that your surgeon will abide by to be able to determine the answer to this question after the initial consultation.

There are a number of recommendations your doctor may suggest in administering your care which will be discussed during your consultation with your surgeon. 

Throughout the process, you will be given a set of instructions regarding pre-operative and post-operative care.  Our scheduling and surgical team will work with you throughout each step to make this process as smooth as possible.


Wheaton Eye Clinic’s unparalleled commitment to excellence is evident in our continued growth. Today we provide world-class medical and surgical care to patients in six suburban locations—Wheaton, Naperville, Hinsdale, Plainfield, St. Charles, and Bartlett.

(630) 668-8250 (800) 637-1054
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