Frequently Asked Questions: Eye Surgery Patients
1. What do I need to wear on my day of eye surgery?
Arrive in clean, comfortable clothing that can be removed easily if needed. A light jacket or sweater may be worn due to the cool building environment. We usually don’t require you to undress completely, but wearing short sleeved, comfortable clothing and shoes will help you to relax and allow us to access you easily for close monitoring. We will place a gown over your clothing and a bonnet over your hair to keep any potential microorganisms from possibly entering our sterile operating rooms. Your clean shoes may be worn, but we will be cover them completely. It is usually wise to empty your bladder before entering this area or before being transported to the surgery suite.
2. What do I need to bring with me?
Bring any medications or supplements that you are currently taking or a complete list of meds with name of each medication, strength and dosage. Many pharmacies provide these lists free of charge. You may be asked about your medical history. Please bring a designated driver who is willing to remain for the duration of your stay. Due to our small waiting area, this driver or one family member may accompany you for your day of surgery. Please bring a photo ID along with any current health insurance information and/or your health insurance card. An English-speaking adult (must be 18 years or older) should accompany patients who cannot speak or understand English. All children (under 18 years of age) must be accompanied by a parent or an adult with legal guardianship. Visiting children must be attended to at ALL times. For patients with power of attorney, a family member or designated adult with appropriate documentation must be present.
3. What can I eat or drink prior to my surgery?
It is imperative that you DO NOT drink or eat anything after midnight before the scheduled surgery or otherwise surgery may be canceled. There may be special considerations for some patients.
4. How long will my surgery take?
Overall waiting periods fluctuate between 1-4 hours pending surgeon and schedule. Waiting periods in the Pre-Operative area alone varies from usually 15 minutes to an hour. However we ask that you please be patient with our schedule and know that we will offer our best professional services to you as we are expected to do for everyone who enters our facility. Actual surgical time will range from 15 minutes to 1 ½ hours. Our Post-Operative nursing personnel will receive you and offer you a quick refreshment, check your vital signs, comfort level, and make sure that you and your family have written and verbal instructions and needed supplies prior to your departure. Usually this takes another 10-30 minutes. The minimum time you can expect to be at the surgery center is 2 hours.
5. What type of anesthetic can I expect? Will I feel any pain?
Our goal is to provide safe, positive surgical outcomes for all of our patients with the least amount of discomfort or worry. Our Anesthesia Team is usually available for consult during business hours if you would like to speak with one of them regarding your surgery (also see Surgical Anesthesia Terms). You may still experience some mild discomfort or irritation upon discharge. If you are experiencing moderate discomfort, or feel unstable prior to discharge, we will notify your surgeon or anesthesia provider, and continue to assess and treat you as needed. You will be assisted to your car only after we feel you are stable or approach your pre-surgical status. Our goal is to promote moderate comfort and allow you to rest and convalesce in the ease of your own home.
6. What if I’m a diabetic?
Insulin and other diabetic medications should be withheld unless we specifically advise other dosing. Always ask to speak with an anesthesia provider if you have any questions. Expect to have a finger prick for an accurate blood sugar test before and after surgery. Bring any diabetic medications that you currently take with you and again, refrain from taking them the morning of your surgery until we can assess you. This includes afternoon patients.
7. When can I eat after surgery?
You can usually return to your regular diet after you are tolerating fluids following your surgery.
8. When can I return to work or resume normal activities following surgery?
Post-operative visits are usually scheduled the following day (or in some cases the same day) with your surgeon’s office for a brief assessment. Your Surgeon will address your plans for return to work or normal activities at that time.
9. Will I require any special care or needs following my eye surgery?
Your surgeon’s office will make sure that you have any post-operative medications prescribed and written instructions and supplies for home care and your return visit prior to discharge. Usually a light meal and rest are all that you require when you go home.
10. When can I resume my regular scheduled medications following surgery?
Your surgeon may wish to address this question after surgery but most medications may be resumed after discharge. Blood thinners may need to be delayed unless otherwise advised by the surgeon and/or your health care provider who prescribed the medication.