Preparing for an operation


Please come 30 minutes before the appointment time

Post-operatieve examinations

These appointments take place at Dr. Vryghem’s private practice address. If you were recommended to Dr. Vryghem by your ophthalmologist your post-operative examinations may take place at the latter’s address.

POST-OP EXAMINATION 1st DAY                    


One week before surgery:

  • Remove your soft contact lenses.
  • Hard or oxygen-permeable contact lenses must be removed at least 2 weeks in advance, especially if you have been wearing them for a long time.

One day before surgery:

  • Obtain the following medication which will have been prescribed during the pre-operative examination: Dafalgan Codeine (tranquiliser), De Icol collyre (anti-inflammatory), Aculare (pain killer), Systane and Hylo-gel  (artificial tears) and huil de lin.
  • No mascara.
  • Contact the driver who is to bring you.

On the day fixed for the surgery:

  • No mascara, cosmetics or perfume.
  • 1/2 hour before your appointment : (this is your time of arrival) : take 1 Dafalgan Codeine tablet to calm you. It may make you feel sleepy.
  • Bring with you: Aculare, De Icol collyre (do not open the bottles), Systane and Hylo-gel in case of extreme dryness.
  • The examination and the surgery will take approximately 1 hour. If there is a delay in Dr. Vryghem’s operation list your surgery time may be retarded.

After surgery:

Your will receive a transparant protective cap. Put it on every night for a week after surgery.
Once the effect of the anaesthesia has worn off you may feel a prickling sensation. This will disappear after 2 or 3 hours.

  • During the first 3 weeks after surgery : no eye rubbing !!
  • If you feel any serious pain or are worried, contact the surgeon.
  • Drops must be used as indicated below

From the day on which the surgery takes place:

  • De Icol collyre (anti-inflammatory): 4 times per day during the week following surgery.
  • Aculare (pain-killer) : as required, if you feel any sensation of sand or burning in the eye(s).
From the day after surgery you will have to add :
  • Systane (artificial tears): up to 3 times per day, especially during the first week following surgery. If you still feel dryness, please continue with Hylo-gel (if needed 1 time every hour).
  • Huile de lin : 2 gellules a day, one in the morning, one in the evening with the meal.

When you apply the drops you must take care not to touch the eyeball : pull the lower eyelid downwards while looking up and then insert the drop. Then you can close your eye.

You will be back to normal the following morning except that your sight will not be perfect because of a loss in contrast sensitivity. Reading may be difficult at the beginning. Do not schedule any important or sporting activities for the next few days.

  • During the first two weeks after surgery: no mascara
  • During the first 3 weeks : no swimming !

If you want more information, or would like to make an appointment:
Contact us or call 0032 (0)2 741 69 99