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EYE CARE
                                                            It is common to experience changes in your
                                                            vision, for the first few weeks, after your
                                                            transplant. It is recommended that you wait
                                                            about six months for your vision to stabilise
                                                            before considering a change in your glasses.
                                                            Your transplant medications may increase
                                                            your risk of developing cataracts, glaucoma
                                                            and eye infections. Do visit an
                                                            ophthalmologist at least once a year. Be
                                                            certain to inform them that you are taking
                                                            immunosuppressive medications.








        WORK
        If you were employed up to the time of your
        transplant, you should be able to return to work,
        within three months, after your surgery. It really
        depends upon you and your job — how well you feel,
        and what are the physical demands of your work. If
        your job requires heavy lifting, it may require more
        time. If your job is not physically difficult, it can be
        sooner. The important thing is to be realistic.
        Pushing yourself too soon, can lead to problems
        that would delay your return to a full work
        schedule. If you have not worked for some time,
        due to your illness, do speak to your transplant
        nurse or patient care co-ordinator, as there may be
        training or employment opportunities for you in
        your community.                                       DENTAL CARE
                                                              Good mouth and dental care are essential to
                                                              prevent infections after your transplant. It is best
                                                              to wait about three months after your transplant,
                                                              or if you have recently been treated for a rejection
                                                              episode, before you have a routine dental check-up,
                                                              including cleaning. Brush and floss your teeth twice
                                                              a day. Be gentle when flossing, as this can irritate
                                                              your gums and cause bleeding. A waxed floss slides
                                                              more easily between the teeth. Use fluoride
                                                              toothpaste and a soft nylon or electric toothbrush.
                                                              You should see a dentist every six months. Be
                                                              certain that your dentist knows that you are a
                                                              transplant patient and taking immunosuppressive
                                                              drugs. You do not need extra antibiotics just
                                                              because you have had a transplant.




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