FAQ Eyelid Surgery

Before surgery

The preliminary examination takes about 30 minutes and you can come by car. Please bring old portrait photos (passport photos are quite sufficient). These should be taken more than 10 to 15 years ago if possible. If you want to check for a specific event in the past (e.g. accident, surgery) please also bring photos from before the event.

No. Despite the highest quality standards, the prices at the ELZA Institute are the same as at a public hospital. The operation falls under health insurance for medical indications and these benefits are uniformly regulated throughout Switzerland.

Yes. Blood-thinning medicines (e.g. aspirin, aspirin cardio, Tiatral, Marcoumar, Sintrom, AlkaSeltzer, Ponstan etc.) should be stopped if possible 5 days before the operation. Do not stop taking these medications of your own accord: we will discuss this in advance with your family doctor. If you have noticeable bruises or if you have persistent bleeding after injuries, this is also taken into account in the surgical planning.
 

For the last 5 days prior to the operation, avoid analgesics (e.g. headache) containing acetylsalicylic acid, which is included in medications including Aspirin, Aspirin Cardio, Tiatral and AlkaSeltzer. Other painkillers are allowed.

The surgery

This will depend on the type of anesthesia and will be discussed with you when planning the surgery.

No. You should appear without makeup and bring dark sunglasses.

Limit smoking if possible. Smoking leads to increased bleeding during the operation and, as a consequence, to bruising and poorer wound healing. In general, smoking should be reduced or, ideally, stopped in the days before and after surgery.

 

This question will be discussed individually by the doctor depending on the type of procedure.
 

The doctor will specifically discuss this question with you during the preliminary examination.

No. The operation will be painless for you. This applies for both general anaesthesia and for local anaesthesia.

This question will be specifically discussed with you by the doctor. Some operations are taken over by the health insurance, while others are not. In any case, the operation will not be planned until this point has been clarified.

After surgery

Please apply the ointment directly to the wound in the morning, at noon and in the evening. It is an eye cream. If something gets into your eye, it is not dangerous.
 

This will depend on the type of procedure and will be discussed directly with you.

Yes. Immediately after the operation, there is a certain swelling of the eyelids, which is usually the strongest on the second day after the operation and then slowly decreases. A cooling face mask can help to minimize swelling in the first 48 hours.

In the first 48 hours as much as possible should be cooled by means of a cooling face mask. This is delivered to the patient after each operation. The swelling is strongest on the second day after surgery and then decreases slowly. Do not use creams or make-up until suture removal.

You will receive a basket from us, which you wear at night, to avoid rubbing your eyes during sleep.

Apart from rare exceptions (basal cell carcinoma), our patients do not need a bandage.

This depends on a variety of factors. Most patients have no or minimal bruising. In any case, a bruise is usually not dangerous, but usually a “cosmetic” problem that resolves itself after 2 weeks. The following groups are at increased risk for post-operative bruising: smokers, people with high blood pressure, and the elderly.

Sutures are usually removed after six to seven days. Please do not use creams or make-up until then. After suture removal, neither ointment nor cream should be applied to the eye for three days.

Yes. Itchy eyelids are normal and are a manifestation of the healing process.

From the tenth day after the operation you can gently massage the scar once a day for 5 minutes with circular movements of the fingertips. Use a scar cream. The massage should be carried out for 6–8 weeks.

Yes. The outer lid angle remains sensitive to pressure for months. This is because here are many skin nerves that need to regrow.

Yes. The fine skin nerves that supply the eyelashes grow back slowly. This can sometimes take several months.

From the tenth day after the operation, you can apply make up without any restrictions. But be careful when removing make-up: do not rub make-up on, only spot it on.

In general, light sport activities are permitted from the eighth day onwards is possible. As a rule of thumb, avoid all sports activities in the first 4 weeks that make your face go red – for example, weightlifting.

Swimming is possible 14 days after the operation.

From the third day after surgery. Shower water and soap in the wound area are not dangerous, as long as you do not rub your eyelids. Under all circumstances, do not rub your eyelids!

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Thunder Shiviah
14:05 23 Nov 21
After some research on local options I decided to go with ELZA since it stood out as the best. The operation and the... post-operation recovery went extremely smooth (something I was worried about with PRK). Now my vision is much better than I had hoped and I have no side effects such as dry eye or night vision problems. Thank you!read more
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Squitieri Elias
12:43 08 Sep 21
Die Behandlungen waren bei mir erfolgreich, alle waren sehr nett und haben mein Leben vereinfacht.Danke
Eliane Bossart
Eliane Bossart
13:01 05 Sep 21
Vor einem Jahr war ich einer ganz verzweifelten Situation und total im Stich gelassen. Meine Augen wurden aufgrund... eines ausgeprägten Kerakotonus immer schlechter, ich hatte Angst und war alleine mit meinen Problemen. Zudem vertrug ich die Kontaktlinsen nur noch ganz schlecht und hatte jeden Tag Schmerzen.Professor Hafezi hat mir mit zwei Operationen wieder das auf Grund der Situation mögliche an Lebensqualität zurückgebracht. Es war ein starpaziöses Jahr mit vielen Entbehrungen aber es hat sich gelohnt! Herzlichen Dank fuer die Unterstützung.read more
Gabriela Meyer
Gabriela Meyer
18:32 22 Aug 21
Ich wurde von meiner Optikerin auf Prof. Dr. Dr. Hafezi aufmerksam gemacht. Es war mir vorher nicht bewusst, dass meine... Augenkrankheit (Keratokonus) operativ mittels Cross Linking behandelt und so gestoppt werden kann. Die Beratung und Behandlung war sehr kompetent und ich fühlte mich jederzeit wohl. Die Operation verlief gut und das Ergebnis ist einwandfrei.read more
Naomi
Naomi
11:38 11 Aug 21
Ich bin sehr glücklich, dass ich das Elza Institute gefunden habe. Ich wurde von anderen Augenärzten abgewiesen, da... meine Augen zu kompliziert/schwierig zu behandeln waren. Prof. Dr. Dr. Hafezi konnte mir jedoch helfen und ich bin sehr glücklich und zufrieden mit dem Resultat. Vielen Dank!read more
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08:30 19 Jul 21
Ich habe eine überaus kompetente Beratung und Behandlung erlebt. Die gesamte Betreuung war sehr freundlich und... professionell. Herzlichen Dank!read more
Thomas S.
Thomas S.
09:37 07 Jul 21
My left eye had to be operated on because of a cataract. As I had an Artiflex lens implanted a few years ago, it had to... be removed first before a modern lens could be implanted to correct the cataract. Prof. Hafezi treated me in an very competent and friendly manner. I am very happy with the result.read more
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12:46 10 Apr 21
Great team and service!
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05:36 08 Apr 21
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Steven H.A
16:13 11 Jan 21
Prof. F. Hafezi s expertise is enormous and he has a very pleasant and calm nature which gives the patient... security.Thank youread more
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Online Commande
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Totally creepy, very arrogant Prof.He just want your money.It may explain, why this Prof. is not in the center of the... city of Zürich and why he has been thrown away from University of Geneva.read more
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Elena Churilova
10:06 17 Nov 20
At the moment, 3 months have passed since the moment I made laser vision correction in this clinic. and I can say that... I am happy that I chose this particular clinic and Prof. F. Hafezi. The entire staff of the clinic is very friendly, treats patients with sympathy and patience if they are nervous before surgery (my big gratitude to Aida Alili for all support and patience). The doctor Hafezi and other doctors of the clinic are very professional and ready to explain to you as many times as you need. I can only recommend!read more
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