About Your Surgery

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I eat or drink before the procedure?

No. Please discuss this further with the surgery coordinator when she calls.

How soon can I eat or drink after the procedure?

You will be provided a light snack in recovery.

Can I drive myself to or from the center?

No. Sedation used for the procedure can affect your judgment or reflexes and it is not safe for you to drive yourself. You must have a friend or relative drive you to and from the center. You can resume normal activities the next day, unless directed otherwise by your doctor.

Can I take my medications before surgery?

Take your regularly scheduled morning medications with a sip of water, unless your doctor has advised otherwise. If you are taking blood thinners or medication for diabetes, please discuss this with the surgery coordinator.

What to Expect During My Visit

  • Plan on 2-3 hours for your visit.
  • You will sign a consent form.
  • We will examine your vital signs and general condition and start an I.V. to get you ready for the procedure.
  • You will receive medication prior to and during the procedure to keep you comfortable.
  • You will be monitored in recovery until you are ready for discharge.
  • You will receive written instructions prior to discharge.
  • You will not be able to drive due to the sedation.
  • Since you may not remember or understand discussions, someone needs to be with you who can understand your post-procedure instructions and drive you home.
  • Visitors are not allowed in the procedure area and space is limited in the waiting room.

Anesthesia

The ophthalmologists at Advanced Surgery Center have carefully selected their anesthesia team in order to provide their patients with the highest quality of care. Local Anesthesia will be administered by a certified registered nurse anesthetist.

When coming in for your surgery, please fill it out and bring with you the “Anesthesia Patient Form” located on the “Patient Forms” page.

Reminders

  • Wear loose comfortable clothing and shoes.
  • Jewelry and makeup should be avoided.
  • Do not bring items of great value with you.
  • Bring your driver’s license and insurance cards.
  • Wearing contact lenses is not advised.
  • Glasses to read and sign paperwork are recommended.
  • If the doctor’s office provided you with a blue or black bag, please bring that also.