Thank you for choosing Eagle Eye Surgery and Laser Center. We are committed to ensuring that your experience with us is relaxed and worry-free, from consultation through recovery. To schedule or cancel a procedure, please contact the surgery scheduler at your physician’s office. To assist us, we ask that you read and comply with the following guidelines.
Prior to your surgery
- You will be scheduled for a preoperative history and physical exam with your ophthalmologist within 30 days of your scheduled surgery. It may be necessary to visit your primary care provider for medical clearance.
- Consult with your family physician regarding specific instructions for your routine medications prior to your surgery. If you take insulin or inhalers, you are encouraged to bring these items with you on the day of surgery.
- Notify your doctor if there is any change in your physical condition prior to your surgery, such as a fever or infection.
- Abstain from all food and liquids (including water) for six hours prior to your surgery. Gum, throat lozenges and hard candy should also be avoided. NOTE: The surgery scheduler will let you know how long prior to surgery you should stop eating and drinking. It is acceptable to brush your teeth the morning before surgery.
- On the day of surgery, wear comfortable loose-fitting clothing with buttons down the front of your blouse or shirt. Do not wear makeup, lotion or jewelry – a wedding ring is alright to wear. All valuables, including purses and wallets, should be left at home or with a responsible adult.
- Patients are not allowed to drive themselves home after surgery. Please arrange for someone to drive you home and remain with you for six hours after discharge from our center. Public transportation may be used only if you are accompanied by an adult. You will not be allowed to leave the center unescorted. However, due to limited space in our waiting room, no more than two people can wait for you during the surgery.
- Your surgeon’s surgery schedule will provide you all the information you need to prepare for surgery. But if you have any questions, feel free to contact our surgery center for assistance.
Your Day Of Surgery
Your doctor’s surgery scheduler will tell you when to arrive at the surgery. Please arrive on time to allow sufficient time to complete the administration process.
Here is what you can expect:
- Upon entering the center, notify the receptionist of your arrival. Be sure to bring your insurance cards, which will be copied and returned to you at this time. Also bring any eye drops that you have been using.
- You will be asked to sign several consent forms, which include anesthesia consent and authorize your physician to perform the surgery. If you are under the age of 18, your parent or guardian must sign the form.
- A nurse will record your vital signs and other pertinent patient information. Any questions you have may also be addressed at this time.
- Eye drops may also be given prior to and during surgery to prepare your eye(s) for the procedure.
- An IV will be started during surgery, mild sedation will be administered to minimize pain and discomfort you may experience, but will allow you to speak and respond to verbal cues throughout the procedure, communicating any discomfort you may experience to the provider. A brief period of amnesia may erase any memory of the procedure.
- During surgery, the skin around your eyes will be thoroughly cleansed, and sterile coverings will be placed around your head. You may notice bright lights, movement and noise but you will not be able to see the procedure while it is happening.
- Mild sedation allows patients to recover quickly after the procedure and resume normal daily activities in a short period of time.
- After the surgery, you will be asked to rest in our recovery room for a short time until the effects of the medication wear off.
- It is recommended that the person escorting you home remain in our waiting area throughout your preparation, surgery and recovery period. Due to limited space, please limit this to no more than two people waiting to take you home.
After Your Surgery
The following guidelines are intended to help you return to your normal routine as quickly as possible after surgery. You will be given written instructions that will be reviewed with you by a Registered Nurse before you leave the surgery center:
- It is important to first follow any specific instructions given to you by your surgeon regarding your recovery. Your surgeon’s instructions will always take precedence over general rules of recovery.
- You may resume your regular diet and eating habits immediately. Keep in mind that alcohol should not be consumed within 24 hours after surgery.
- Use eye medications as labeled by your surgeon. All other medications may be resumed as prescribed.
- If an eye patch or shield is prescribed, wear it according to your surgeon’s instructions.
- Do not rub or touch your treated eyes. Avoid getting soap and water in your eyes.
- Eye make-up should not be worn unless approved by your surgeon.
- All activities are normally permitted one week after surgery. Consult with your surgeon if you have questions regarding a specific activity.