Eye surgery

Before the operation

It is a good idea to bathe and wash your hair the day before your operation, as you may be unable to do so for the first few days after surgery.


What to bring

  1. Medication and eye drops you have been prescribed
  2. Spectacles or contact lenses you wear in their cases
  3. Comfortable clothing

The operation

This takes place usually in the Vanguard Theatre, behind the Ladywell Unit. Some operations are carried out in the Exmoor Unit or Day Surgery Unit – your appointment letter will specify.

We appreciate you may be apprehensive, and will do everything we can to put you at your ease.

You will be greeted by the nurse, who will check your details, put drops in the eye if necessary, measure your blood pressure and carry out other tests as appropriate.

You will then meet the anaesthetist and surgeon, who will examine you.  At this point, please feel free to ask questions.

You will then be escorted into the anaesthetic room and then the operating theatre.

The length of operation will depend on the procedure you are having, and may vary from 15 minutes to 2 hours or more.


During your stay

Patients are offered light refreshments.

Before you go home, you will need to be checked by the nursing staff and by a member of the surgeon’s team.

You will receive instructions regarding post-operative care and be given a course of eye drops or ointment to put in at home before being able to leave, usually within an hour of the operation ending.

Last updated: October 3, 2017