PRE AND POST EYE SURGERY GUIDE

Surgery

PREPARATION BEFORE SURGERY

  • Know the procedure you will be having. Do not hesitate to ask your doctor if you are unsure about any details.

  • The full amount for the estimated price of the procedure will need to be settled prior to surgery. If you are using insurance, kindly confirm with your agent about the coverage.

  • Inform you doctor if you have a significant medical issue such as diabetes or heart disease. Important to notify doctor if there is any changes to your health condition prior to the surgery.

  • Provide list of medications that you are taking regularly including blood thinners and insulin.

on the day of surgery

  • Please be on time for your appointment. Do inform us if you need to postpone for any reason.

  • Continue with your regular medication except those indicated by the doctor, such as blood thinners.

  • Have a shower before surgery, taking care to clean your face and around your eyes and lashes.

  • Do not use any make up or hair products.

  • If your surgery is under local anaesthesia, you can have a light meal prior to surgery.

  • If your surgery is under general anaesthesia, you cannot eat or drink 6 hours before surgery.

  • Bring as few valuables as you can. There is a small locker available for your personal use.

  • You cannot drive yourself home after surgery. Please ensure you have someone to take you home.

  • Dilating drops may be applied to your eyes which will blur your vision for a few hours.

  • For hygiene purposes, you will be required to change into an OT gown for surgery.

After surgery

  • You will be given drops to take home. Please ensure you follow the instructions. Wash your hands before applying the drops. Do not let the tip of the bottle touch your eye. You may experience tearing, glare and light sensitivity following surgery. Sunglasses may help with these symptoms. You will be provided an eye shield to take home, please use it especially when sleeping for at least one week.

  • Always wash and dry clean the eye shield before use.

  • Always remember to keep your eyes clean whether it is before or after surgery. Clean your eyelids with some cotton wool soaked in cool boiled water. This will help to prevent nasty infections in your operated eye.

  • Avoid strenuous activities such as heavy lifting (1-2 weeks). Swimming is to be strictly avoided (1 month). If you have a gas bubble in your eye, air travel and going up-hill is prohibited until your doctor clears it.

  • Do not scratch, rub or touch the operated eye.

  • Avoid doing to dusty and crowded places or have close contact with children to prevent accidental injury and infection to the operated eye.

  • Avoid using eye make up, unclean tissue/ handkerchief to wipe the operated eye.

  • Avoid getting shampoo or soap water into the operated eye for at least 2 weeks. It is advisable to wipe/ sponge face.

Follow up care

This is important "Do not miss your appointment with your doctor". Usual schedule for follow up will be right after surgery: 1 day, 1 week, 3 weeks, 6 weeks. However, this may differ among patients depending on the eye condition.

 

Contact us directly or the emergency department if you experience any of the following symptoms after the procedure:

  • Worsening pain/ redness in the operated eye

  • Severe/ sudden pain

  • Sudden vision loss

  • Nausea or vomiting after surgery

  • Accidental injury to the operated eye.