I was recommended to have eye surgery, what do I need to know?
You will be provided with either a booklet or a link that contains the necessary information about your condition and the procedure which you will undergo. This will need to be read before coming for the Pre-Assessment visit. If you are unable to read this information then you can have someone read it to you. You will also be provided with the cost of
What is the Pre-Assessment visit?
This is when you come in to get measurements done on your eye and/or to discuss the surgery with the surgeon. Any questions you may have about the surgery will be answered by the team. You will also be asked to read through, understand, and sign the medical procedure consent form. It is advisable that you bring your spouse, close relative, or guardian to this appointment.
The Pre-Assessment visit is done before you are scheduled for surgery.
What about the cost of the surgery?
The cost of surgery will be provided to you at the same time you receive the booklet for your condition. If you have insurance, please provide the insurance information to the technician before coming to your pre-assessment visit. (Name of the insurance company, Policy Holder, Plan, Card number)
Fees are broken down into two components:
Theatre fee and Procedure fee.
The Theatre fees must be paid directly to the facility at which the procedure is being done and the Procedure Fee is paid at Warrens Eye Care Centre.
We only assign benefits for the procedure fee to the insurance companies.
When are fees due?
All fees are due 2 days before the date of the scheduled procedure and must be paid in full.
Where are the procedures done?
Most procedures can be done either at Ashton Clinic or QEH.
Cataracts are done predominantly at Ashton Clinic which is located in Eden Lodge, St. Michael.
Corneal Trasnplants will be done at the main operating theatre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH).
The theatre is located on the third floor. From the main entrance, take the first left and head towards the Radiology department. Take either the stairs or the elevator to the third floor. Exit the elevator and turn left. Exit the stairs and turn right. Upon reaching the theatre, inform the nurse of your arrival.
Is out-patient registration required?
Yes, registration is required for all procedures being done at the QEH.
We provide you with a letter addressed to the Corporate Business Unit on the day of your pre-assessment visit advising them on the type and date of the procedure. Please take this letter along with two forms of identification to the Central Admissions department at least 2 working days before the procedure is done. If you are unable to go, you can assign someone to take the letter and payment for the theatre fee on your behalf.
What are the risks of the procedure?
With all surgical procedures, there is a possibility of complications. However, complications from eye surgery that could threaten your vision are extremely rare. Your surgeon will thoroughly explain all of the potential risks to you at your pre-assessment visit.
How do I prepare for the procedure?
The majority of procedures we do are done under local anaesthetic. That means no special preparation (such as not eating beforehand) is usually required. However, your surgeon will advise you at your pre-assessment appointment if any special preparations are necessary.
Dress comfortably and do not wear any make-up. Have transportation arrangements to and from
How long does the procedure last and are there follow up visits?
This depends on the procedure. Most procedures can be done within an hour, others can take a little longer. You will be discharged after the procedure.
For some procedures, one or more follow-up visits are required to make sure the surgery has been successful, and check that your eye is healing well. There will be no charge for the first 3 or 4 follow-up visits depending on the procedure.
What precautions should I take
Your eye will be patched after surgery for
After eye surgery, it’s important to reduce the risk of infection as much as possible. That usually means avoiding swimming and exposure to potentially contaminated water such as hot tubs. It is also advisable to avoid facial or hair products as they can cause irritation if it gets into the eye. For how long depends on your surgery and expected recovery time, but two weeks is generally advised. Depending on the outcome and type of surgery, you will be able to resume driving within a couple
It’s also very important to follow any specific instructions your surgeon gives you, such as using any eye drops or medication you are given or wearing an eye patch to protect your eye
Will I need to take time off of work after the surgery?
Yes, you will require approximately 1- 2 weeks off work after the surgery and we will provide you with a medical certificate for your employer if required, the day after your surgery. Some people may need additional time.