Eye surgery is often a life-changing decision that can restore your sight – often returning your vision to a state that is even better than it was prior to the onset of your issues. Most procedures have very little downtime so you can resume your normal activities quickly and get back to doing what you love – with a whole new outlook!
While every case is different, there are many questions we are asked on a regular basis. If you don’t find the answer to your question here, please call the office to speak to one of our team today.
Frequently Asked Questions
You will receive notification of your appointment time one week before your appointment and a reminder 2 days prior.
You will be given a copy of your pre-op instructions in the packet you will receive from your physician’s office. The nursing staff will go over these instructions with you when they call to give you your arrival time. It is recommended that you keep your packet close by so that you can refer to the instruction sheet during this conversation.
We recommend that you plan on being at the facility for two to three hours. When you arrive, you will be checked in at the front desk. You will be asked to provide your insurance card/cards and a picture ID. If you have a co-pay or deductible to pay, it will be collected at this time. As soon as this is completed, you will be taken to the pre-op area by the nursing staff to prepare you for your procedure. After your procedure is completed you will be taken to the recovery area. You will remain in recovery and will be monitored in this area for the necessary time before being discharged. You may be given a follow-up appointment for later in the day to return to your physician’s office. We suggest that you not schedule other appointments on the day of your procedure to ensure a stress-free day.
All patients must arrive for their procedure accompanied by a responsible person who is able to drive you. The driver MUST remain in the facility the entire time that you are here. When you are taken to the pre-op area, one family member may accompany you. When it is time for your procedure, the family member will be asked to wait in the lobby. They will be called back to the recovery area when your procedure is finished.
If you choose to have anesthesia, you will be given medication prior to the start of your procedure. These medications will relax you, but they will not put you to sleep.
If you have any questions about your arrival time or any question that pertains to your surgery, call ESCNA. If you have questions about your eye medications or questions after your procedure, call your physician’s office.
The time you are given is an arrival time, not a procedure time. Upon arrival, you will be checked in at the front desk and will meet with the insurance coordinator if needed. When these steps are completed, the nursing staff will start getting you prepped for your procedure. This includes signing your consent forms, getting your IV started, and having eye drops administered to dilate your eye in preparation for your procedure.
ESCNA is an ambulatory surgery center that is solely dedicated to eye procedures. Our equipment is state-of-the-art and our staff is extensively trained on eye procedures. Since we do not deal with “sick people” your chance of contracting an infection or a communicable disease is greatly reduced compared to a hospital. Our surgeons are the best in the business, ensuring that you have the most qualified care that it is possible to have.
Your procedure cannot be started until your responsible driver is in the facility. If you do not have a driver or if they leave, we will have to reschedule your procedure for another day.
For Dr. Mitchell, Dr. Salter and Dr. Ramsey, call 256-533-0315. For Dr. Lee, call 256-808-2000.