Your Operation.

Before your operation.

The admission staff of the hospital will call you 1-2 days before the surgery day to advise you of your arrival time and pre-operative arrangements such as fasting times. Generally, if your operation is in the morning, you will be fasting from midnight on the night before the operation, and if your operation is in the afternoon, you will be fasting from 7:00am on the morning of your operation. If you have not been contacted by the hospital by noon on the day before the surgery date, please contact the hospital.


If you are on Diabetic medication, do not take your diabetic medicine or insulin injections on the morning of your surgery.


You MUST keep on any medication for high blood pressure. If you are fasting from midnight, take your usual morning medication with a sip of water unless otherwise instructed by your doctor.


Your procedure will often involve sedation, and for your safety, you must have someone to take you home and you should not be alone for the first 24 hours after surgery. You are not allowed to go home by yourself or drive for at least 24 hours after your operation. Please arrange for you and your carer to be picked up by car or taxi after your procedure, unless you have arranged an overnight stay. 


On average your stay in the hospital will be between 2 to 5 hours, depending on the procedure being done, and your personal condition after the procedure, so it is a good idea to have your discharge transport arrangements on standby to reflect this. If you have any questions, please call us on 9650 0278.

On the day of surgery.

Do not apply any makeup or lotions to the face.

Wear comfortable clothing with front opening and short sleeves.

Ladies, please avoid wearing girdles if possible.

Leave valuables at home.

Have someone accompany you home and stay with you for the first night.

After your operation.

For all surgery, do not lift (greater than 2lb), strain (including at toilet or strong coughing or sneezing) or bend with your head down below your chest level. If you have to sneeze or cough, let the pressure through your mouth and do not do it forcefully. This applies for one week.

Do not pick at any material or crust on the eyelids.

If your vision deteriorates markedly or if there is marked, sudden increase in pain or swelling, or if you have any other concerns, call Dr Su on his mobile number (given to you before your surgery).

Take any other medication or tablets as ordered.

Caring for your eye after surgery

Post Operative Appointments


All surgery patients require at least one post-operative appointment, around one week after your surgery. You will need to pay the gap fee (the amount not covered by your health insurance) at this appointment.




Pterygium surgery


Leave the eye shield on overnight. Purchase the two bottles of eye drops on the prescription provided after your surgery. On the morning after your procedure, remove the eye shield and dressing and use both of the bottles of new eye drops 4 times per day, at breakfast, lunch, dinner and bed times. Apply a drop from the first bottle to the operated eye, allow 1-2 minutes to pass, and then apply a drop from the second bottle to the eye. It does not matter which bottle is applied first. Your eyes will look very red and feel uncomfortable like there is sand in it. This will subside over the next 4 days or so. You can take Panadol every 4 hours for pain relief. You may shower and wash your face as usual. It is fine to get the outside of the eyelids wet. Do not splash water or soap in the eye for 3 weeks. Do not rub the eye or put pressure on it for 4 weeks. Wear the plastic shield provided over the eye, resting on bone, stuck on with ordinary sticky tape when sleeping for the first 4 nights (and if you have a nap during the day).




Eyelid, orbit, or eye socket surgery


Elevate your head on 2-3 pillows for 4 nights following your surgery.




If your surgery involves a skin graft


Do not remove the dressing to the eye. This will be removed at your review appointment. This means that you will have that eye patched for about a week and you cannot drive with one eye patched.




Tear duct surgery


Do not pick or blow your nose or pull or cut anything out of the nose until allowed by Dr Su.





Suite 220/100 Victoria Parade

East Melbourne VIC 3002

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Our opening hours are Monday to Friday from 10.00am to 3.00pm. 

Our general response time outside of these times is one business day.

These times may be affected by the current COVID-19 crisis. 

P: (03) 9650 0278

F: (03) 9650 0273

e: staff@drcharlessu.com.au

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We pay our respects to their elders past, present, and emerging, and understand our responsibility to commit to peace and unity through support for our First Nations peoples. Sovereignty of this land was never ceded.