Preparing for Surgery – What to Expect
What do I need to do before the surgery?
After your examination by one of our doctors, you will meet with one of our surgery coordinators who will thoroughly explain the procedure to you and answer any of your questions. A prescription for eye drops will also be given to you. Use these drops as directed prior to you surgery.
Will I need to see my medical doctor before the surgery?
It is necessary for you to schedule an appointment with your primary care physician for a physical examination, lab tests and any other testing required by him, prior to your surgery. A form will be provided to you for your PCP to complete. *Surgery cannot be preformed unless this form is completed by your doctor and returned to us prior to your surgery.
The Day of the Surgery – What to expect
Where is the surgery performed?
The surgery is performed on an outpatient basis, at The Outpatient Eyecare Surgery Center.
When will I be notified about the time of my surgery?
You will receive a call from the surgery center staff approximately three or four days prior to your surgery. They will review your instructions, medications and answer any questions that you may have.
What should I do the morning of the surgery?
You must not eat or drink anything after midnight the day before the surgery. Do not take any medications that morning. Bring any prescription medicine that you normally take in the morning with you. One of the nurses will give it to you. You should make arrangements for someone to drive you home after the surgery.
How long will I be at The Outpatient Eyecare Surgery Center?
You will be at the center for approximately three hours. The surgery itself usually takes about twenty minutes. However, preparatory time is needed before the surgery. When the surgery is completed, your doctor will place a clear plastic shield over your eye. After a short stay in the recovery area, you will be ready to go home.
Do I need to remove my clothes?
Wear nice comfortable clothing (something that buttons or snaps to avoid pulling anything over your head) and slip on shoes or slippers with socks, as it is cold in the operating room. You will be asked to remove your clothing from the waist up and to put on a hospital gown once you are brought into the surgery area.
After Surgery – What to Expect
Do I have to stay I bed when I get home?
There is no need for you to remain in bed. You may feel more tired than usual because of the anesthesia, however any light activity is acceptable. Over the counter pain medicine may be used.
Are there any dietary restrictions?
You may resume your normal dietary habits after surgery.
How long do I have to wear the shield over my eye?
A clear, plastic shield is placed over your eye after the surgery is completed. Your doctor will remove it when he examines you the next day. You must continue to sleep with the shield for at least one week following your surgery.
What else do I need to do to ensure that my surgery is successful?
- Use your eye drops as prescribed.
- Be sure not to rub or press on your eye.
- Avoid strenuous activity until your doctor informs you that it is acceptable.
- Wear normal eyeglasses or an eye shield, as advised by your doctor.
- Return for all your post operative appointments as scheduled.