PREPARING FOR THE PRE-OPERATIVE EXAM
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CONTACT LENSE WEARERS:
YOU MUST BE OUT OF YOUR CONTACT LENSES FOR CERTAIN PERIODS OF TIME BEFORE YOUR PRE-OPERATIVE EXAM:
1. Soft Daily Wear = 7 days
2. If you sleep in soft daily wear lenses = 21 days
3. Toric Lenses or Lenses Treating Astigmatism = 21 days
4. Hard/ Gas Permeable Lenses = 30 days per 10 years of wear.
Do not wear your contact lenses again after your pre-operative exam.
Please do not wear make-up for 3 days prior to your pre-operative exam and 3 days before surgery.
LID CARE/ LID SCRUBS and WARM COMPRESS THERAPY:
Should be done twice a day for one week before your pre-operative exam and again twice a day for a week before your surgery day. This will clear the oil producing pores in your eyes of any debris blocking the expression of oil into the eye. This oil is important to your comfort and healing process following surgery.
- Place a wash cloth under the tap and rinse it thoroughly with hot water.
Apply Ocusoft (one pump) to the wash cloth creating a lather.
Gently close your eyes and apply the face towel to your eyelids. With a gentle side to side motion, scrub your eyelids and the margins of your eyelashes on both your upper and lower eyelids, thoroughly cleaning the base of your eyelashes.
Perform the scrubs 2-3 minutes, two times daily for each eye.
Warm Compress Therapy:
This will open the oil producing pores in your eyes and allow the oil they produce to be expressed into the eye.
Place a wet wash cloth in a microwave for 10-30 seconds or use tap water as hot as possible but do not burn yourself! The washcloth should be warm but not hot or scalding when applied to the face.
Lightly wring out the wash cloth so it is warm and moist then place it gently over closed eyes making sure the cloth is in contact with the base of your eyelashes or the lid margins.
When the wash cloth is no longer warm, reheat and wring out the cloth and reapply immediately. Perform this therapy for 5-10 minutes, making sure to reheat the wash cloth 2-3 times.
Lid Margin Compressions:
This assists the expression of oil produced in the eyes to be expressed into the eyes.
Apply gentle pressure to lid margins, up and in for lower lids and down and in for the upper lids by placing your finger tips on the base of your lashes. Compress either the upper or lower lid completely before moving to the other eyelid. You will feel a mild tenderness as you compress, if done correctly.
Look in the mirror while compressing. Use the white of your eye to apply pressure against.
Press with fingers from one edge of the eye-lid to the other, over-lapping the areas where pressure is applied.
Repeat procedure on upper and lower lid margins for 2 minutes.