Patient Guide to Eye Surgery at St. James Surgery Center
In today’s day and age, eye surgery has become safe, comfortable and efficient. Through the use of the most modern techniques and equipment possible, your problem can be helped with little or no discomfort during or after your procedure. We know it’s comforting to be cared for by people you know and trust and, at St. James Surgery Center, you are being cared for by a family of experts. We want you to have the best result possible. We will personally oversee the entire procedure. Because your comfort and vision are our top priorities, please tell us if there is anything we can do to make your visit more comfortable. We love to see happy patients, and we look forward to assisting you in every aspect of your total eye care. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
After Your Office Evaluation, What’s Next?
If you are having surgery in the morning you may have nothing to eat after midnight. You may have small sips of water and clear liquids like apple juice, cranberry juice, black tea or coffee – no cream or milk. Do NOT drink pulpy juices like orange juice or grapefruit juice.
If your surgery is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. or later you should have nothing to eat after 8:30 a.m. (you may have only dry toast or an English muffin before 8:30 a.m.) You may have clear liquids as noted above.
Even though we will check with your insurance company to determine if you need to have prior authorization, a second opinion, or whether you have any significant deductibles or co-payments to pay, ultimately you are responsible for any specific policies or penalties your insurance plan may have. You should double check with your insurance company to see if your plan has any conditions you need to know about regarding ambulatory surgery.
General Rule – You should take your medications as you normally do. If you are taking medications on a daily basis, continue to take them at your regular times.
We want you to be comfortable in the clothes you wear to the surgery center because you will be wearing them during the operation. Feel free to be as casual as you want.
You may not drive yourself home on the day of surgery. Please bring a responsible adult with you to drive you to and from your surgery appointment. You will be light sensitive and your vision may be blurry, making it unsafe for you to drive. You will also need a ride to your first follow-up appointment (the day after surgery). If you cannot find suitable transportation, please let us know and we will discuss our courtesy van service with you.
The Day of Surgery – What Can You Expect?
Please come to our office at your scheduled time. This is your anticipated arrival time, not surgical time. If you are going to be late, please call the office and let us know so that the schedule can be adjusted to avoid delays for other patients having surgery that day.
Check-in and Consent Forms
Once you arrive at our facility, please check in with the receptionist. You will be asked to sign a couple of surgical consent forms. These forms permit us to do the operation. You will also be asked for your co-payment, if you have one. We cannot proceed without it.
Our staff of highly trained nurses will bring you into the Pre-operative area. Here you will be comfortably seated while your blood pressure, pulse, and temperature are checked. The nurses will verify medical information contained within your surgical chart, and you may receive additional eye drops.
Once the surgeon is ready for you, you will be led into the operating room. Do not touch anything on your way in because everything there is sterile. You will see a lot of sophisticated equipment designed to make your operation safe, comfortable, and efficient.
The area around your eye will be washed with an antiseptic solution to sterilize the skin and surrounding tissue. Sterile drapes will cover your head and the area surrounding the eye. Your nose and mouth will not be covered. A special face guard will keep the drapes off of them so that you will be able to breathe comfortably.
When your surgery is completed, all the drapes and monitoring equipment will be removed. You will be brought to the Post-Operative area where your pulse and blood pressure will be monitored.
After Surgery – What Can You Expect?
Once your operation is completed you will need to carefully take care of your eye.
You will be scheduled to return to our office the first day following your surgery and then again 2 weeks after your surgery takes place. It is very important you keep these appointments so we can monitor the prognosis of your eye’s healing and your vision.
At your 2-week appointment, you will be evaluated to determine whether you need eyeglasses and to prescribe them if necessary. This appointment will be with your regular optometrist, if you have one, or with one of our doctors if you are a patient with Koch Eye Associates.