Patient’s most frequently asked questions about preparing for eye surgery.
Where will my preoperative and postoperative appointments take place?
Both will take place at the surgeon’s office.
What kind of anesthesia is used?
For children, general anesthesia is used. The child will be completely asleep. For adults only, regional anesthesia or an eye block is sometimes used.
What kind of clothing should I/my child wear on the day of surgery?
Comfortable clothing like PJ’s for kids and sweats for adults.
What time is the surgery?
The facility or anesthesiologist will call you the day before and let you know what time to be there.
I am allergic to latex. Is the facility prepared to handle that?
Does my child/I need to fast for surgery?
Yes. No food or drink after midnight the night before surgery unless otherwise specified by the hospital or anesthesiologist.
Does my child need to have blood work done prior to surgery?
No. Unless there are health issues.
(For adults) I just had a physical last month. Can I use the blood work and EKG information from that appointment for my surgery?
The test results must be within two weeks of your surgery date to clear you for general anesthesia.
Where do I get my blood work and other tests done?
At your primary care physician’s office. (PCP, pediatrician, family practitioner, internal medicine)
Will I need to fast for my blood work?
Your primary care doctor will let you know.
Can I take my medicines before surgery?
Blood thinners like aspirin and Coumadin stop a minimum of one week before surgery. Other medications may be taken with a sip of water the morning of surgery at the direction of the anesthesiologist. Ask this question when they contact you about your surgery the day before.
What does my insurance cover?
The information about your surgical procedure and the location of the surgery are forwarded to our insurance department and they will mail you a letter stating your patient liability. You may be contacted by phone if time does not permit the mailing of a letter. The hospital will contact you separately about their charges.
Do you have payment plans?
Payment is due at your preoperative appointment unless other arrangements are made with our billing office ahead of time. Care Credit is also another payment option that is offered.
Adult: How long do I (need to be off work)? Child: How long does my child need to stay home from school?
1-3 days is usually sufficient.
When can I/my child fly?
Within one to two days.
How long does my child/I have to wait after surgery to go swimming?
7 days for pool water and 14 days for pond, lake or ocean water