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Upon completion of your surgery you will taken to the Post Anesthesia Care Unit, sometimes called the recovery area or post-op. There, you will be monitored carefully by specially trained nurses. We will invite your family member to sit with you, you will have your vital signs monitored, and you will receive a light snack. While your friend or family is present, we will go over all of your after surgery instructions and give you a printed copy for your review.

Q: Why can't I drive myself home, I feel fine?

A: Even though you may feel fine, the effect of the anesthesia can limit your reaction time. For your safety, and the safety of others on the road, you are not to drive for any reason the day you have surgery. You may drive yourself to your post-operative appointment the next day and resume all normal activities.

Q: What can I expect after Cataract Surgery? [Download Info]

A: You will notice a gradual improvement in your comfort and vision. Occasionally, a sensation of grittiness or 'sand in the eye' is mentioned and this will go away and Tylenol will help. Please enjoy something to eat and take a nap when you get home. Your vision will fluctuate. You may shampoo or shower, but do not get soap or water in your eye. You may watch television, use the computer or read, as long as it is comfortable for you. Do not drive, drink alcohol or make important decisions the day of surgery. [Download Anesthesia Info]

Q: What is this card I was given?

A: Every patient that has had cataract surgery will receive a medical implant card containing information about the lens that was implanted. This card is important and needs to be kept in a safe place. We encourage you to make a copy for your home records and carry the card in your wallet. This card has important medical information that may be needed by another physician. It is the only one of its kind and you will receive a single card for each eye.

Q: What can I expect after Eye Lid Surgery? [Download Info]

A: To reduce normal swelling and bruising the day of surgery, you will be using ice packs every hour for 15 minutes. You should rest as much as possible the first 24-48 hours. Avoid strenuous activities for one week and avoid rubbing your eyes for two weeks. You may bathe, but do not shower for 24 hours and avoid water directly hitting your face. Do not rub. Blood tinged drainage after surgery is normal. You may use Tylenol for any discomfort but avoid any aspirin products for one day after surgery. Do not drive, drink alcohol or make important decisions the day of surgery. [Download Anesthesia Info]

Q: What can I expect after Glaucoma Surgery?

A: After glaucoma surgery it is normal for your eye to be a bit red and feel puffy or full. There may some irritation and you may be sensitive to bright lights. It is normal for your eyelids to be crusty with dried tears after a nap or in the morning. Use a clean, warm damp washcloth to gently wipe your lids. You should avoid getting soap in your eye while cleansing your lid or showering. Avoid lifting heavy objects or bending over with your head below your waist. You may take Tylenol as needed, but avoid Aspirin, Ibuprofen and Naproxen for at least two weeks after your surgery. Do not drive, drink alcohol or make important decisions the day of surgery. [Download Anesthesia Info]

Q: What can I expect after my Laser Procedure?

A: Laser procedures are not considered surgery and you will not be receiving any type of anesthesia or sedation. You may eat or drink prior to the procedure. Topical numbing drops will be given and your eye may or may not be dilated depending on the procedure you are having. There is no discomfort with laser procedures. You may experience some 'floaters' after your procedure, these are normal and will lessen in time. You do not need a driver since you are not receiving sedation. However, if you are sensitive to dilation and you are more comfortable with a friend or family driving, please make the necessary arrangements before coming to the center.

Q: How are we doing?

A: After your surgery, you will be given a survey to fill out entitled "How are we doing?". Because we are interested in meeting our guest and families expectations, we request you complete and return this survey to St. John's Surgery Center or to your physician's office. Our standards for high quality care are demonstrated in our guests' positive responses. We use your opinion to continually assess how we can improve our facility and the care we provide. [Online Form]

Q: What if I have a problem or complaint?

A: If for any reason we fall below your expectations, please let us know. You may place your comments on our satisfaction survey [Online Form], or speak with a member of our administrative staff at any time.

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