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If you’ve booked an eye treatment with us, you will probably have questions about what happens next and what to do before you come to hospital.
What do you need to do before you come into the hospital? How will it work once you arrive?
Here is what you can expect once you’ve booked to have eye treatment with us. Every eye treatment is different, which is why you can always get in touch with our team if you have questions.
Frequently asked questions
I am having operations on both eyes. Will they be operated on together?
We occasionally operate on both eyes on the same day, but normally carry out the surgery on different days, a week or so apart. Your surgeon will discuss this with you before you book your eye procedure.
I wear contact lenses. Do I need to do anything differently before my operation?
This depends on the type of contact lenses you wear. Some can be worn up until the day of your procedure. However there are other types of contact lens that we would recommend you remove in the weeks and days before your consultation or treatment. Our specialist team will talk this through with you prior to your consultation/treatment to ensure the very best outcome.
Can I eat or drink before my procedure?
This depends on the type of anaesthesia you will have during your operation.
• If you’re having an operation under a local anaesthetic, there are usually no restrictions on what you can eat and drink beforehand.
• If you’re likely to have a sedative during the procedure, you should avoid eating a heavy meal for two hours before you arrive at the hospital.
• Some eye operations are carried out under general anaesthesia; if this is the case, you will need to fast before your surgery.
We will tell you well in advance what to expect so you can plan accordingly.
Who looks after me during surgery?
Everyone who has eye treatment with Sapphire Eye Care is looked after by a full team of dedicated and specialised medical staff. During your surgery, you will be cared for by:
• your consultant surgeon
• a specialist ophthalmic theatre nurse
• a consultant anaesthetist
• a specialist ophthalmic ward nurse.
Together, this team of specialists will carry out your operation to the highest of standards, while keeping you comfortable, calm and informed.