Frequently asked questions

Can I drive after the appointment?

Dilating drops cause glare and blurry vision. The drops are used usually on the initial visit to see the retina. If you have flashes of light, lots of new floaters, or having a diabetic review, it is very likely drops will be required at your visit. It is wise to bring a driver.

Can I go back to work after my appointment?

Dilating drops make the vision blurry for reading and the computer. If you try to focus, it is likely you’ll develop a tension headache. Most patients prefer to avoid near tasks for 3-4 hours after drops are used.


Operation Questions

When can I return to swimming after an operation?

Any droplets or splashes of water is very likely to carry infection into the eye. Dr Dunlop recommends no swimming for 1 month after an eye operation.


When can I wash my hair?

It is wise to wash your hair prior to your eye operation. Bath and shower water is less risky for infections. Washing your hair backwards will avoid the shampoo going into the eye.


How do I clean my eye lashes after the operation?

Use boiled water to wet a cotton bud to clean the lashes.


Do I have to fast for my operation?

This will depend on the type of anaesthetic required.Please discuss this with the anaesthetist.


Do I take my medications before my operation?

All medications should be taken as usual. Please discuss this with the anaesthetist.


When can I drive after my operation?

By law you must not drive for 24 hours after having an anaesthetic. Driving requires rapid 3D judgements. Take time to learn your new vision. Your brain has to learn which is the favourite eye. This may alter if the vision becomes better in the operated eye as it heals. The operated eye may see better without glasses. It may be better if your optometrist removes the glasses lens on the operated side. The glasses may be needed for reading and the unoperated eye. The answer as to when to drive will depend on how you feel and your judgement. The other factor is the operated eye will be more aware of the glare.