Frequently Asked Questions

What To Do Before Your Surgery

  • Please arrange for an adult to drive you home and be with you for 24 hours after your surgery.
  • Tell your doctor if you have any cold sores or infection.
  • Do not take any blood thinners for 2 weeks prior to surgery, including aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil), naproxen, fish oil and vitamin E (see complete list attached), OR as instructed by your doctor.

What To Do The Day Of Surgery

  • Remove all make-up, false eye lashes, and jewelry
  • Do not wear contact lenses. Bring glasses with you.
  • Please bring someone to help you translate if you don’t speak English.
  • You MUST have someone accompany you home after surgery
  • DO NOT eat food or drink anything after midnight the evening before surgery. You may drink clear fluids (water, apple juice and cranberry juice) until 1 hour before your arrival at the hospital.
  • DO NOT smoke, chew gum or suck lozenges (cough drops) after midnight the night before surgery
  • Check-in to the Admitting Office at (VGH or UBC) at the arrival time you were told.
  • Bring your B.C. Care Card and Driver’s License.
  • Take your regular medication (except blood thinners) the day of surgery with sips of water.

What To Do After Your Surgery

  • Majority of people have 2 weeks of swelling and bruising, however, some people may require longer for the swelling and bruising to subside.
  • No exercise, swimming or hot tub for 1 week after surgery. It is ok to use your eyes immediately for reading, television, computer work.
  • No bending below the waist or lifting anything >10lbs for first week after surger
  • Please call the office immediately or go to the emergency room if you have: 
    • Temperature of 38oC or greater
    • Any unusually painful swelling
    • Any bleeding soaking more than a 4×4 gauze
    • Any pus draining from incision site
    • Pain that is not relieve by medication
    • Any bulging of your eyeball
    • Any sudden drop in vision

Instruction Sheets For Before & After Surgery