WHAT IS MY TIME FOR SURGERY?
We will not be able to give you your arrival time until the Thursday before surgery, and is subject to change up to the morning of your procedure. Surgery arrival times can be as early as 6:15 AM for the first patient of the day. The surgeons generally do the cataract surgeries first, followed by their specialty cases. If you have any scheduling preferences, please let us know and we will do our best to be accommodating. Please understand that surgery schedules are constantly changing, and we continue to do our best to accommodate you.
*IMPORTANT: If you will not be at your home phone number the day before, or the day of surgery, please call and give us a number where you may be reached on that day.
SHOULD I BRING MY EYE DROPS WITH ME TO MY SURGERY?
Yes. Please bring all eye drops to your surgery with you. The nurses like you to have them after the surgery when they are helping you review your post-operative instructions. We then can make sure you have received the correct eye drops, and you fully understand the eye drop regimen.
SHOULD I GET NEW BOTTLES OF EYE DROPS FOR MY SECOND SURGERY?
Yes, you need to make sure that you are using separate eye drops for each eye due to the risk of contamination.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR TO MY SURGERY?
Please wear loose, comfortable clothing. We prefer a short sleeve top that buttons up the front. Also, please do not wear pantyhose, makeup, perfume, cologne or aftershave. Wear low heel shoes. Please leave jewelry and other valuables at home. You will have your own locker, but the Surgery Center cannot be held liable for loss or damage of any personal property. Thank you.
I DON’T OWN A SHORT SLEEVE, BUTTON DOWN SHIRT- SHOULD I BUY ONE?
No. A polo shirt, a V-neck shirt, or a loose fitting t-shirt will be appropriate. The nurses need to be able to access your chest for EKG leads, your arm for a blood pressure cuff, and the IV site.
DO I NEED A DRIVER ON MY SURGERY DAY?
Yes. You will be under the influence of conscious sedation and should not drive, or make any critical or legal decisions for 24 hours. Your driver needs to be a responsible adult over the age of 19.
DOES MY DRIVER NEED TO STAY WHEN I AM IN SURGERY?
We encourage your driver to stay, however, if they leave the building they may leave a telephone number with the receptionist and we will call when your family member or loved one is finished with surgery. It is important that they are here within 10 minutes of calling your driver.
WHAT KIND OF SEDATION WILL BE ADMINISTERED?
You will be under IV conscious sedation when your eye is being blocked, which will make you feel comfortable and relaxed. This will allow you to be awake during the operation but should not experience any pain. We do not use general anesthetic.
CAN I EAT AND DRINK BEFORE SURGERY?
Eating and drinking instruction prior to surgery will be discussed with you at your preoperative appointment. Please take any medication you have been instructed to take.
APPROXIMATE SURGERY/APPOINTMENT TIMES:
Preop: 1 hour
Cataract Surgery: 30 minutes
Postop: 30-45 minutes
I LIVE OUT OF TOWN AND AM PLANNING ON STAYING OVERNIGHT; DO YOU HAVE ANY SUGGESTIONS WHERE TO STAY?
Yes. Here is a link to the hotels in the area:
DUE TO PATIENT CONFIDENTIALITY, WE CANNOT RELEASE ANY INFORMATION REGARDING YOUR SURGERY TO ANYONE WITHOUT YOUR PRIOR APPROVAL. PLEASE MAKE FAMILY AND FRIENDS AWARE OF THIS.