You will be able to go home 1-2 hours after a local anaesthetic, and slightly longer after a general anaesthetic. The eye pad is removed the next day and you can start instilling your eye drops. There may be a small amount of discharge at this stage. Initially, your vision is likely to be worse than before the operation, and this is more likely if gas is used to flatten your retina. This is perfectly normal and you must not feel alarmed about this. You will be reviewed 1-2 days following your operation for extra reassurance,  to detect any immediate post-operative issues, and to answer any further questions you may have in detail. If any further drops are required at this stage, these will be prescribed. I will then check with you that you fully understand all the instructions. If you have received a gas bubble then your vision will fluctuate for the weeks the gas remains in your eye (see below). If oil is inserted, the vision tends to stabilise after a few weeks. You may experience floaters again following surgery, particularly if gas is used, however, these tend to settle after a few weeks. There is usually some redness of the eye which disappears after just a few weeks, which is a benefit of the modern microincision equipment I use exclusively.