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Also, after the procedure the patient may not be compliant with instructions, because they forget or are confused. If the patient can't resist rubbing their eye, it could cause more harm. And the dementia patient is likely to forget why it's harmful or be confused about what's wrong with the eye after surgery. So, would restraints be necessary? It's almost like surgery on an infant, since, the patient with dementia may forget what's wrong with the eye and use no caution with it.
I don't think most doctor understand the degree of picking that some dementia patients have. My cousin would unravel the brace on her fractured arm over and over. She wouldn't leave it alone. Eventually, they had to put a hard cast on it.
I would definitely look at the aftercare to see if the person can handle it. If someone could be with them, 24/7, I suppose that might work.