During your appointment, it became clear that surgery was needed.  We will explain to you why the operation is required, what is involved and the risks associated with an operation. We will give you an idea of the relative urgency of the operation and will give you the necessary time to take an informed decision. For this we also have prepared an informed consent that will describe the benefits, risks and alternatives for the operation as well as guidance with regards to post-operative care.

The date and time of the operation will be set by our secretary, taking into account your preferences, availability of the operating room and the urgency of the intervention. Many surgical procedures can be carried out nowadays under local anesthesia, but general anesthesia remains an option, for those who would prefer this approach and when your general health allows it. In certain cases, a short hospital stay is advisable following the surgical procedure.

As we plan your surgery, we will ask you to fill out a questionnaire about your past and current medical health. This helps the anesthesiologist better take care of you at the time of surgery. In case of a significant medical history, we will ask your GP to provide us with more details regarding your general health. In some cases, additional pre-operative tests will be requires (such as an ECG).

The morning of the operation, it is important to only take a very light breakfast. Taking your medications with a little water is allowed, unless your physician or the anesthesiologist has advised against it. In case of any doubt, check with the anesthesiologist who will be present at the time of surgery.

Following the operation, and until the next morning your eye will be patched. We usually do not patch single eyes. The first post-operative visit usually takes place the next day.