AFTER YOUR CATARACT SURGERY OR CLEAR LENS EXTRACTION IMPORTANT INFORMATION

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AFTER YOUR CATARACT SURGERY OR CLEAR LENS EXTRACTION IMPORTANT INFORMATION

If you cannot come to your appointment, please call us at least 24 hours before at 450.419.6345. Failure to notify us will result in a $50 fee being charged.

AFTER YOUR SURGERY PRECAUTIONS

weeks

• Be careful when moving around since you can injure yourself if you misjudge obstacles. • You must not: • Press, apply pressure to or rub your eyelids or squint hard. • Expose your eyes to dust, tap water or any other situation that can injure your eyes. • Lift weights in excess of 20 lbs. • Bend your head below the waist. • It is recommended that you wait before resuming sexual activity. PERSONAL HYGIENE

Institut de l’œil des Laurentides 4800, rue Ambroise-Lafortune Boisbriand, Québec J7H 1S6 Telephone: 450.419.ŒIL (6345) or 1.888.419.ŒIL (6345) Fax: 450.434.YEUX (9389) institutdeloeil.com

• You can bathe or shower starting the day after your surgery. However, avoid getting water or soap directly in your eyes (2 weeks). • Tilt your head back to wash your hair (2 weeks). Wait before applying chemical products (hair colour, per­ manent) to your hair (2 weeks).

IMPORTANT You must arrange for someone to accompany you home, the day of your operation and of your postoperative visit, since you will not be able to drive.

• Gently dab the contour of your eyes with a soft tissue to remove any fluid or residue deposits. However, wait before applying makeup (mascara, liner, eyeshadow) to your eyelids (2 weeks).

Driving a vehicle

• Men can shave the day after surgery.

During your postoperative follow-ups, eye care professionals will assess your vision and tell you when you can expect to regain the visual acuity necessary to meet the Société de l’assurance auto­ mobile du Québec standards.

ACTIVITIES

You can resume most of your daily activities the day after your surgery. You can read, watch TV, go for a walk and cook. Work In most cases, you can return to work the day after your surgery, or as soon as you feel that your vision is ade­ quate to resume your daily activities. However, if you work in a dusty envi­ ronment that carries a risk of infection or injury to the eye, it is advisable to wait 2 weeks after your surgery before resuming your activities. If necessary, you can be issued a letter justifying your time off work.

You may not drive your vehicle during the first 24 hours after your surgery. If you drive a motorcycle, you must wait 2 weeks; wearing of a full face helmet is strongly recommended.

Travel You can travel 2 weeks after your surgery. However, for certain types of travel (out of the country, by the sea, etc.), it is pre­ ferable to wait until after your one-month postoperative follow-up. That way it will be easier to send you to your optometrist or ophthalmologist if a complication arises. EXPOSURE TO THE SUN

For your comfort, we recommend that you wear sunglasses after the surgery, especially if you are sensitive to light.

The Institut de l’œil des Laurentides is a Specialized Medical Centre accredited for a second consecutive time with the highest distinction from Accreditation Canada: “Accredited with Exemplary Standing.” The accreditation process serves to evaluate and improve the quality and safety of the health care delivered and to standardize policies and procedures.

Recommended wait times before resuming work or an activity after surgery Recommended wait times ACTIVITIES OR WORK

Personal hygiene • Bathing* • Showering* • Gently dabbing the contour of your eyes • Shaving

24 hours

weeks

*With the approval of your vision professional

Driving a motorcycle* *Full face helmet or goggles

Travel*

*It is preferable to wait until after your one-month postoperative follow-up

X

Personal hygiene • Applying makeup (mascara, liner, eyeshadow) • Applying chemical products (hair colour, permanent) to your hair

Recreational activities • Swimming • Relaxing at the spa

ACTIVITIES OR WORK

Driving a vehicle*

*Avoid getting water or soap directly in your eyes

Recreational activities • Reading • Watching TV • Working on the computer • Going for a walk (without increasing your heart rate) • Cooking • Shopping • Watching a show • Doing light housework

Recommended wait times

X

Sports activities • Training (free weights) • Brisk walking (increasing your heart rate) • Running (jogging) • Bowling • Playing racket sports • Golfing • Swimming • Diving Performing an activity or working in a dusty environment • On a farm • Gardening

X

X

Performing an activity or working in an environment that carries a risk of injury to the eyes • Doing construction work • Bending your head below the waist • Lifting weights in excess of 20 lbs Sexual activity

24 hours

weeks

X X X

X

X

X

X

Note: If you have any questions about resuming specific activities, consult your eye care professional.

MEDICATION

PROTECTIVE EYE SHIELD

Unless otherwise indicated, you should continue taking all your medication (including drops for the treatment of glaucoma, as needed).

You will be given a protective eye shield after your surgery. You must wear it while sleeping (for 7 conse­ cutive nights).

If you experience a headache after surgery, you can take acetaminophen (Tylenol) tablets.

We also recommend that you wear the eye shield during the day if you are concerned about rubbing your eyes.

ARTIFICIAL TEARS

EYEGLASSES

It is normal to feel a slight sensation of a foreign body after the operation. Applying artificial tears (4-6 times/day) can help relieve the discomfort.

Following your surgery, we recommend that you visit your optometrist annually for a complete eye examination. Your eyeglasses should be changed 4 to 6 weeks after surgery on your 2nd eye. In the meantime, you can either remove the lens from the frame on the side of the operated eye or forego eyeglasses and function with the operated eye only. Your optometrist is the best placed professional to advise you on the right choice of ophthalmic lenses for you after surgery. Wearing tinted lenses and/or progressive eyeglasses with an antireflective coating is advised.

EMERGENCY 450.419.6345 1.888.419.6345 Consult us immediately if, a month after your surgery, you experience: • Acute pain. • Increased redness. • Reduced vision.

POSTOPERATIVE VISITS ALL POSTOPERATIVE VISITS ARE COMPULSORY

1st visit, the day after your surgery, at the Institut de l’œil des Laurentides. 2 nd visit, 1-2 weeks after your surgery, at your optometrist’s office or at the Institut de l’oeil des Laurentides, as recommended by the doctor.

INFORMATION TO GIVE YOUR OPTOMETRIST Date of the surgery:

1st eye

OD OS

Date of the surgery:

2nd eye

OD OS

Your surgery was performed by:

Permit number

3rd visit, 4-6 weeks after your surgery, at your optometrist’s office.

Dr Martin Boileau, Ophthalmologist

#196315

* Bring your bottles of eye drops with you to all follow-up visits.

Dr Laurent Lalonde, Ophthalmologist

#188116

Dr Sébastien Gagné, Ophthalmologist

#107372

Dre Anik Desgroseilliers, Ophthalmologist

#112560

Dr Louis-Pierre Gauvin Meunier, Ophthalmologist #114323 Dr Louis Racine, Ophthalmologist

#104268

Dr Daniel Belliveau, Ophthalmologist

#196321

Dre Thi Bich Thao Nguyen, Ophthalmologist

#102232

Dre Johanna Choremis, Ophthalmologist

#105003

DROPS TO APPLY

DOSAGE BY OPTION

AFTER

• Make sure to thoroughly wash your hands before applying your drops.

THE SURGERY

VIGAMOX Breakfast Dinner Supper Sleep

• Shake each bottle.

DAY OF SURGERY

1

• Apply the drops at mealtime and at bedtime.

WEEK 1

• Wait 5 minutes between each drop. • Use one bottle for each operated eye.

1 drop, 4 times/day (for one week) WEEK 1

PROLENSA Breakfast Dinner Supper Sleep

WEEK 2

WEEK 3

WEEK 4

WEEK 2

WEEK 3

WEEK 4

DAY OF SURGERY

2

1 drop, 1 time/day (for four weeks) WEEK 1

DUREZOL Breakfast Dinner Supper Sleep

DAY OF SURGERY

3

1 drop, 1 time/day (for four weeks)

NOTE : Unless otherwise indicated by your ophthalmologist, continue your drops for the treatment of glaucoma, as needed. Use new bottles.

TO REACH US Weekdays (Monday to Friday)

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At the Institut de l’œil des Laurentides at 450.419.6345 or 1.888.419.6345

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Evenings/weekends/ statutory holidays

Go to your hospital’s emergency department.Tell the emergency physician that you recently had eye surgery. The physician will contact the on-call ophthalmologist, if necessary. Institut de l’œil des Laurentides 4800, rue Ambroise-Lafortune Boisbriand, QC, J7H 1S6

The INSTITUT DE L’OEIL DES LAURENTIDES offers the Accord D financing plan (12 equal payments, no service charge or interest). * All prices are subject to change without notice.

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