In the days prior to surgery, you will not have to instill medication eye drops unless otherwise stated by the ophthalmologist. However, if you already use eye drops to treat another ocular condition, you should continue to use them before the procedure;
The ophthalmologist could suggest the use of artificial tears before the surgery;
Unless you have a particular condition, you will not need to interrupt your regular medications before surgery.
REMOVING YOUR CONTACT LENSES BEFORE YOUR SURGERY
To optimize the outcomes, you should stop wearing your contact lenses completely at least 48 hours before the surgery. Your ophthalmologist could ask you not to wear your contact lenses for a longer period of time, if deemed necessary.
Failure to comply with this recommendation will likely postpone your procedure to a later date.
THE DAY BEFORE YOUR SURGERY
It is recommended that you shower or bathe the day before or the morning of your surgery. Make sure to wash your hair and face as this will be harder to do in the first 24 hours after surgery;
It is important to remove the make-up the day before the procedure;
Arrange to have someone take you home after the procedure as you will not be able to drive.
THE DAY OF YOUR SURGERY
Wear clean, comfortable clothing that can be unbuttoned easily. Avoid clothes that tighten arms and neck. Avoid fabrics that relieve fibers, such as wool or cotton fleece;
Do not apply any make-up, powder foundation, cream or lotion on your face;
Before laser surgery, do not wear any perfume (their vapours can affect the efficiency of the laser beam);
You can eat, drink and take your usual medications the day of your surgery;
Avoid drink that can increase eye dryness (alcohol, caffeine).
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WHAT TO KNOW AFTER YOUR SURGERY
Here are some usefull informations to know for the first few days after your surgery!
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You will need to allow free time for the various control visits. The 24 hours follow-up must be carried out at the IRIS ophthalmology clinic.
The other postoperative follow-ups, may be carried out with your trusted optometrist.