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Contact Steve or Victoria
 905-745-0412         Email

Maintaining the facedown position is ONE of many KEYS to your vitrectomy recovery. What you can or cannot do is up to you and your ophthalmalogist. We highly encourage you NOT to deviate from their instructions. They know best!  We continue to see that there is a marked difference between those who follow their instructions and those who do not.

Following are a list of activities you may ask about.


  • It may be easier to have a bath than to shower while maintaining the face down position.  Be sure you have everything you need within your reach.  In my case, I didn't bother to shower.  I wasn't expending any energy which meant I wasn't sweating.  Additionally, I wasn't going out of the house so my facedown position became a priority over what I looked like.

Getting Dressed

  • Comfort is key!  You may find it more comfortable to wear clothing that you do not need to pull over your head such as button up shirts.  You will want to wear clothing that is easy to get on and off and is loose and comfortable such as pajamas, track pants or a bathrobe.


  • Use the facedown recovery bed to sleep face down until your doctor tells you otherwise. In Hamilton, this time period is 10 days.  A small percentage of people may go one additional day.  
  • While the bridge of your nose must remain parallel to the floor, you may find that rotating a regular bed pillow to other positions such as under your hips, or under your chest, may relieve some of the stresses on your shoulders and back.  When we come out to deliver the equipment, we can provide you with multiple ideas to finding the "sweet spot" for comfort.  
  • Note that we also have had people find that sleeping in the  facedown recovery chair works for them as well.  

Eating and Drinking

  • KEY - Use a straw.  You will find it easier to eat if you bend more from the waist than from your neck.  Drink all liquids through a straw.  It will help to place the food on a low TV table, coffee table or another chair while you eat.  I found that smoothies and liquid foods like soups were extremely helpful.  I wanted to do everything I possible to maintain the correct position to ensure that I wasn't living with regret later for doing something I should not have been doing.  
  • Full article on Food and Facedown Recovery.

Eye Drops

  • More than likely, you will have a full regimen of eye drops that must be strictly adhered to post-surgery.  With various medications and differing times they need to be administered, you will need some sort of system to help you keep track.
  • Download our Eye Drop Sheet

Delivery, Set-up, Pickup

We offer in-home personalized delivery within our delivery area.  Each in-home set-up is about 45 minutes in length as we listen to your needs and set-up the equipment for you. This is not a drop, run, good-bye.

We want to reduce your anxiety so you can focus on maximizing your recovery!

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What to Expect from Retina Recovery Inc.

More Than Just Equipment

Retina Recovery Inc. is here to help you before your vitrectomy surgery, during your facedown recovery and in the days following the critical first days of your recovery.  We not only provide facedown recovery equipment but the support you need to Maximize Your Eyesight!

What to Expect When Recovering

Our mission is to help you "Heal Right the First Time".  We work hard to Educate you through videos, blogs, emails and articles on our website.  There are clear themes to successful facedown recovery. With Several Thousand Rentals of Experience, we are continuing to learn what works best for each person.

See Our Facedown Recovery Tips

Encouragement, we ALL need it.  Facedown recovery can be difficult for many people.  We are here and available during your facedown recovery journey, answering questions and providing hope and encouragement so you can Heal Right the First-Time!

Steve's Facedown Recovery Timeline


We Help You 
"Heal Right the First-Time!"

Since 2015, Retina Recovery Inc. has been be honoured to serve thousands of renters during their facedown recovery.

  • PREMIUM Equipment Rentals,
  • Personalized In-Home Deliveries/Set-up, and
  • On-Going Coaching

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