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Before and After Eye Surgery: How to Prepare and Recovery Tips

Before and After Eye Surgery: How to Prepare and Recovery Tips

Eyes are some of the more delicate organs in our body, and patients may feel understandably nervous when faced with the prospect of undergoing eye surgery. Eye surgery, like cataract removal or LASIK procedures, are also life-changing events which can help to restore sight and increase quality of life for many people. 

With these considerations in mind, it’s important for patients to follow proper protocol when preparing for eye surgery and ensure they follow their eye doctor’s medical advice for the recovery phase. Here are some tips on preparation and recovery following eye surgery to help patients understand a little more about the process.

How To Prepare For Eye Surgery

Cataract surgeries are commonly performed around the world and have high success rates. However there are still some precautions that patients should take. In the weeks leading up to cataract surgery in Singapore patients need to pay close attention to any changes that potentially occur in their eyes. If you notice any redness, discharge, or swelling, it should be reported to your doctor promptly.

If you are a contact lens wearer, you will also be instructed to stop wearing your lenses for a few weeks. The reason for this is because contact lenses can alter the shape of the cornea. You can continue to wear glasses during this time.

You should also inform your doctor about any medications you are currently taking or any health conditions you may have. Certain medications can interfere with the surgical process or increase the risk of bleeding. This includes over-the-counter drugs and herbal supplements. Your surgeon will provide specific guidance on which medications to stop or continue prior to the surgery.

You will also be asked to fast after midnight on the day of the surgery. This fasting period is essential to prevent any potential complications associated with anaesthesia. Remove any traces of makeup to maintain a sterile environment. Makeup particles can potentially cause infections or interfere with the surgical process.

Lastly, make sure you have someone to follow you home after cataract or LASIK surgery in Singapore. The effects of anaesthesia could mean you are unable to drive home by yourself and you should have someone to accompany you back. It is also good to have someone by your side in case you need assistance after surgery.

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Recovery Tips After Eye Surgery

The foremost tip we can offer you is to follow your surgeon’s post-operative instructions to the letter. You may be asked to use prescribed eye drops, wear an eye patch, or avoid activities that could strain the eyes. 

You should also look to stay away from any irritants that could potentially enter your eye and disrupt the recovery process. Rubbing or even lightly touching your eyes should be avoided as much as possible.

Allow yourself ample time to rest and recover after eye surgery. Avoid strenuous activities, heavy lifting, and excessive screen time to minimise eye strain and promote healing. You can wear sunglasses during this time to protect your eyes from the sun and other bright lights.

Follow up appointments are key after eye surgery, and are an important part of post-operative eye treatment and care. Regularly attend them and try not to miss an appointment. If it is unavoidable, then reschedule another appointment as soon as you can. Your surgeon needs to be able to monitor your progress and detect any potential problems. Complications are better handled when caught early so try and stick to the post-op appointment schedule.

Proper preparation before eye surgery and diligent post-operative care are essential for a successful outcome. Remember that our eyes are precious organs and need to be treated with the highest level of care and attention. If you are unsure about any of the tips listed above, it’s always best to check with your eye doctor for clarification.

With over 20 years of clinical experience, Dr Eugene Tay is the resident Ophthalmologist at the Nova Eye Centre. We offer services that encompass laser vision correction, complex cataract surgery, double eyelid and eye bag surgery, and management of general eye conditions. Contact us today to learn more about our clinic and set up an appointment with our team.

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