What To Expect

Day of Surgery

  • Follow the Pre-op instructions that have been presented to you.
  • Please remember to have nothing to eat or drink after midnight.
  • Please make sure that you bring the completed required registration packet and fees due at time of service.
  • Please only bring 1 additional member with you to obtain discharge instructions and drive you back to your place of residence.
  • Please make sure you have obtained labs and EKG 10-14 days prior to procedure.
  • Nurse will take you to pre-op, obtain any further documents needed, place you on an Eye stretcher, monitor vital signs, check blood sugars (if diabetic), start an IV and start eye drops to dilate the eye for the surgical procedure.
  • Anesthesia and the Physician will come and speak with you prior to going to the Operating Room for any last minute questions or concerns.
  • After surgery has been performed, you will go to recovery area with an eye patch on the surgical eye. In recovery you will be evaluated until stable for discharge.
  • Snacks will be given. Medication as ordered will be administered.
  • Discharge Instructions will be given to the designee and a follow up appointment will be made prior to discharge. (note: Follow up appointment is usually next day, therefore, please make appropriate arrangements as necessary).

Day of Laser

  • Please make sure that you bring the completed required registration packet and any monies due.
  • You will be able to eat and take routine medications on day of procedure.
  • Please bring only 1 additional member with you to assist with driving if you have difficulty after dilation.
  • A nurse will take you to pre-op area and obtain vital signs, blood sugar checks (if diabetic) and dilate the eye for the procedure.
  • Upon arrival of physician, additional drop(s) will be placed into your eye(s), you will be placed in a chair, chin placed on a chin rest, the physician will sit across from you and look into a small laser machine, a staff member will hold your head in position (to prevent from moving) and the physician will put goniovisc (clear gel lubricate) on a contact lens and place on the front of your eye (this will help physician to see into the back of the eye more clearly).Once area is to be treated is visible, you will notice a bright light; this is the laser beam performing the treatment.
  • Once laser is completed, the nurse will once again obtain vital signs and irrigate the eye to remove any residual (lubricate) remaining used during procedure.
  • You will be scheduled for your follow-up upon discharge. You should be able to return to normal activities of daily living.