Can I drive after the surgery?

You cannot drive for 24 hours after receiving an anesthetic, so you will need to arrange for a driver to pick you up. 

If you are having trouble finding a family member or friend, you can use Driving Miss Daisy, or Keys Please!


When can I wear makeup?

Skin incisions take one week to start healing over, so it is recommended to wait 7-10 days. 

When can I wear my contacts again?
You will need to wait at least one week after most surgeries to wear your contacts. 
If you are experiencing redness or sore eyes, you may have to wait longer.

Are fake eyelashes okay?

Surgeries that involve resecting the conjuctiva, such as conjunctival lesion removals and strabismus repairs, require you to remove your eyelash extensions.  

What is the rebooking/cancellation policy?

All surgeries require one weeks' notice to cancel or reschedule. If you do not provide one weeks' notice, or you no show to your scheduled surgery, then there will be a rebooking fee of $500. 

Exceptions are made for emergency situations with supporting documentation.

How long does it take?

All procedures vary in length. Most eyelid procedures will take approximately 1.5-2 hours total time. More complex procedures at the hospital can mean you are there the majority of the day. Some surgeries even require you to stay over night. 

I don't have a time for my surgery on my provided information sheets?

For surgeries out of the Southern Alberta Eye Center, we will call you the week prior to give you the arrival time. If it is less than one week prior and you have not received a call from us, please call (403) 245-0112. We may need to update your contact info. 

Surgery times for the Alberta Children's Hospital and Rockyview General Hospital are given out by the facility. Please refer to your information hand out. There is a phone number to call the day prior to get the admission time. Or, click one of the links below to see a copy of the handout.

Alberta Children's Hospital

Rockyview General Hospital

The doctor told me I am only having freezing. Do I still need to fast?

You always need to fast, no matter what type of anesthetic we are planning on using. You may need to be upgraded to sedation on the day of your surgery.


Is the procedure safe?

The majority of the surgical procedures are done under a local freezing or a mild sedation, so you are still awake. This cuts down the risk, but there will still be risk involved with any kind of surgery. Please refer to your information hand out regarding specific risks associated with the procedure you are having. 

If you are having a general anesthesia, this will increase your risk. The anesthetist will go over all the details with you on the day.


When can I get back to work?

Everyone has different levels of activity in their jobs, so this answer changes from person to person.

Most procedures require one week of light activity. There will be associated bruising and swelling that generally takes 1-2 weeks to dissipate. We can only give you a rough guideline, but you may have to exercise some personal judgement on what length of time you need to recover.