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Glaucoma Preoperative Instructions

by Camila Davidson

Preoperative instructions will be outlined to you before you undergo a glaucoma surgical procedure. These instructions will prevent medical complications, plus guide you in caring for your health before and after the procedure.


Your surgeon may outline some testing procedures that you need to undergo in advance. If you have a heart issue, for example, you may need to have an EKG test performed. The test can be conducted by your primary physician or a specialized physician. A form that outlines the test results should be collected at the end of the testing process.

Your surgeon will require you to turn in the medical test results, prior to being eligible for glaucoma surgery. If you do not pursue testing in a timely manner, your glaucoma surgery will be canceled and rescheduled for a later date.

Eye Care

Eye care steps need to be conducted before the surgery and after the glaucoma surgery. Eye drops will prevent an infection in each eye that is being treated for glaucoma. Your surgeon will prescribe two different types of drops. You may receive your first prescription during a preoperative consultation. This consultation will prepare you for the glaucoma surgical procedure. It will also teach you how to use the eye drops that are being prescribed.

After the glaucoma surgery, your surgeon will secure a patch over your eye. The only time that you should remove the patch is when you are going to administer post-operative eye drops. After your eye has begun to heal, you may not need to wear the patch. Your surgeon will outline for how long you should use the post-operative drops. Any other prescriptions that you may have taken leading up to the surgery should be discussed with your surgeon. You may need to temporarily stop taking the prescriptions before surgery.

Transportation And Resuming Activities

Because dilating the pupils will be performed before the surgery, your surgeon will advise you to secure transportation home. Once you have been medically cleared, the person you have secured to transport you should meet you at the surgery center.

This person can aid you greatly during your recovery process. Your surgeon may schedule follow-up medical appointments that you will need to be driven to. Once your vision has healed properly, your surgeon will confirm that you are able to resume all of the normal activities that you previously participated in, including driving. Have your eyes examined by an eye doctor annually to ensure that they are healthy.