Preparing for Your Office Visit
Please work with our staff with the following to ensure a smooth office visit:
- Call for an appointment
- Provide us with your insurance information and bring your insurance and ID cards with you.
- Tell us the reason for your visit. Let us know if you are seeking a second opinion in order for us to obtain records and testing information from your other doctor(s).
- Download and complete the Medical History Form.
- Bring a list of your medications (or bring your medication bottles).
We appreciate your assistant in helping us with a productive and timely visit.
Preparing for Your Surgery
No matter how routine the surgery, we understand you may be anxious or have questions that you forgot to ask the doctor. We are here always here for you if you have questions; we want to ensure you understand the process and put you at ease before, during, and after your procedure.
All surgical procedure will be thoroughly explained to you, including benefits, risks, and alternatives. A informational packet will be provided to you that contains step-by-step preoperative and postoperative instructions. Surgery locations and postoperative emergency contact information will be included in this packet.
Surgeries are performed at these ambulatory surgery centers (ASC):
Memorical Hermann Southwest ASC
Unveristy of Houston College of Optometry ASC
Frequently Asked Questions about Surgery
Will I need to stay at the hospital?
- No, most of our procedures are provided on an outpatient basis and you will not to stay at the hospital after your surgery.
What type of anesthesia is used?
- The most frequently administered anethesia is local (anesthetics are given at the location of operation) with monitored anesthesia care (anesthesiologist gives you mild to moderate sedatives through your IV to relax you during surgery). Local anesthesia for cataract surgery is administered topically without a needle.
Is surgery safe?
- Yes, when surgery is recommended, there is significant benefits compared to the risk of the operation. Our physicians are conservative surgeons and they will not recommend surgery unless they feel surgical intervention is in your best interest. Our surgeons have performed thousands of surgeries and are experts at handling both routine and complex cases as well as anticipating and handling potential complications.
Do I need to take my medications?
- Yes, you should take your reglar medication with a small sip of water. You may need to hold your blood thinners (Aspirin, Plavix, Coumadin, or Pradaxa) but not always; routine cataract surgery can be safely performed without stopping anticoagulation. If you are a diabetic, you should hold your diabetic medications (both pills and insulin shots) on the morning of your surgery.
Can I drive home after surgery?
- No, because sedatives will be administered during the procedure, you cannot drive home by yourself after surgery. Please arrange for someone to drive you on the day of your procedure.