Eye Surgery FAQs

1. How long do I need to leave stitches in the operative site?
If they are not dissolvable stitches, 5-8 days.  In most cases, dissolvable stitches are used. 
2. After surgery can I return to my daily routine?
Do not shower for the first 24 hours after the surgery.  After the first 24 hours you may shower, but do not allow the water to spray directly on the incision sites.  You may wash your hair and let the water run down your face when rinsing.  Gently pat the eyes dry after showering.

Driving the next day is okay if your vision is not blurry. If you have surgery on both sides, we usually advise no driving for one week, and then to use discretion.  No swimming or heavy lifting or strenuous exercise for two weeks.

3. Can I drive after an in-office procedure?
If you receive sedation, such as Xanax or Valium, NO.  Otherwise yes, depending on the procedure. Always check with the staff before leaving the office.
4. After surgery, how long is the usual recovery time?
Most of the swelling and bruising is gone in 2-3 weeks.  Please note that swelling and bruising are often most evident 2-3 days following surgery.  Recovery time varies depending on the patient.

For major procedures, we ask you to apply ice packs for the first 2 ½ days during the day.  At least five days off after surgery is desirable and varies due to the type of surgery that was performed.

5. Can I eat before surgery?
If your procedure will be performed in the outpatient surgery center, we ask that you not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your surgery.  No food or drink is allowed.  If you take blood pressure medications, please take them with a small sip of water the morning of the procedure.  If you have questions regarding your specific instructions, please do not hesitate to call our office.
6. Where does Dr. Hui perform surgery?
Dr. Hui operates at Hope Square Surgical Center (Rancho Mirage), Dolores Hope Surgery Center (Rancho Mirage) and El Mirador Surgical Center (Palm Springs).  Our office staff will help you schedule your surgery and answer any questions that you may have.
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