Vision will fluctuate a great deal between patients. One patient may see very well the next day after surgery, while another May only see light or hand motions. This is due to the variation between different patients in the clarity of the cornea of the operated eye.
Vision usually improves during the first week. It is normal to have some fluctuation in the vision, but if the vision is significantly worse or if you have severe pain, please call the clinic immediately at 020-46743977/9028050288. Small black spots may be noticed in the eye for several weeks following surgery. These should gradually clear.
If you notice a sudden increase in these spots, please notify the doctor. There will generally be a rough or scratchy feeling on the eye during the first days after surgery. This is the area where the incision was made. It will take a few days for it to be smooth and comfortable. Your eye may be sensitive to light. This may last for several weeks. /If you have minor discomfort, this can be relieved with Tab. Aceclofenac 100 mg.
Your doctor can be contacted if you call the clinic at 020-46743977/9028050288. You should inform them that you recently had eye surgery and they will contact the doctor for you. We are particularly concerned if you have pain or loss of vision.
All surgeries, no matter how technologically advanced, carries risk. Minor complications can lead to extra appointments or medications after the operation. In some cases, extra operations are needed.
Minor complications usually do not cause loss of eyesight. Serious complications such as infection and bleeding in the eye can cause loss of eyesight. Fortunately, serious complications are rare.
Your surgeon will discuss with you the potential benefits versus the potential risks of cataract surgery.
Local or Topical Anesthesia
Unlike general anesthesia, local or topical anesthesia means you will be awake for your eye surgery. A light meal (e.g. tea and toast – no fatty foods) may be eaten up to 1 hour before admission time.
Cataract surgery is usually performed under a local anesthetic with an anesthetist present. The local anesthetic is put behind the eye to numb the whole eye.
Alternatively, cataract surgery can be performed under topical anesthesia. This is where the surface of the eye is numbed with drops and /or local anesthetic gel.
An intravenous line (I.V) may be placed as a precaution before the surgery and you may be offered intravenous sedation if you are anxious.
During your eye surgery
Usually, you will be required to lie flat on a theatre bed for your procedure. For cataract or specialized eye surgery that involves operating inside the eye, it is important that you are able to lie still and in a flat position for approximately 30 minutes. Please inform the staff if you have any issues with lying in a flat position for long or if you have a tendency to cough.
The surgeon will clean around the eye and a drape placed over the area to be treated. Sometimes as a safety precaution, it is also necessary to have paper tape placed securely across your forehead that will help keep your head in place for the microscopic eye surgery. You will also be monitored throughout your procedure.
After surgery you will be taken to the recovery area. The monitoring equipment will be removed. The nurse will give you a post-operative medications and written instructions on how to care for your eye following the surgery, and confirm your first post-op appointment.
When you are ready to leave, surgery centre the staff will assist in contacting the person you have nominated to collect you. We strongly recommend that you do not take a taxi on your own or any form of public transport.
If at any stage of the discharge process you are unsure of any information or instructions you have been given, or you would like additional information about your procedure or operation or subsequent follow-up care, please do not hesitate to ask the staff or your specialist.
Please note that patients must not drive for 24 hours following sedation or after cataract surgery.We strongly recommend that you arrange for a responsible adult family member or friend to stay with you for your first night at home after your operation.
General or Heavy I.V Sedation Anesthesia
With general anesthesia, food or fluids are only allowed up to 6 hours prior to your admission time.With heavy I.V sedation, food is allowed up to 6 hours pre-operatively; clear fluids are allowed up to 3 hours prior to admission time.
The staff will ring one to two days prior to your surgery to clarify your surgery requirements and answer any questions you may have.
Children undergoing surgery
It’s never easy when your child is undergoing a procedure or surgery but at crystal clear vision our very experienced staff will treat your child with every care and attention.
This starts one to two days before the surgery when one of our specialist nurses will call the child’s parent/caregiver to verify the general anesthesia requirements for their surgery.
On the day of their surgery you are welcome to bring a few of your child’s favorites toys or books to keep them entertained. Parents are welcome to stay with their child at the start of the anesthetic. If you wish to do so please discuss this with your anesthetist and specialist prior to your child’s procedure or surgery. We also try to reunite parents with their child as soon as possible after the procedure or surgery, and it is likely that you will be invited to join your child in the recovery area.
Insight Eye clinic is a private practice facility. Each practitioner has his or her own “schedule of fees” which is based on the fees recommended by the Indian Medical Association.
Your responsibility as a Patient
There is plenty of parking available on site at pride purple square. Currently, the car park is accessed from main entrance or underground parking.
What to bring with you
Arrival and admission
You are supposed to bring a family member, close relative or a friend with you on the day of surgery. If they wish to wait until you are ready for discharge or nurse will be able to give them an approximate time that you will be ready for discharge but this can of course vary. The person collecting you can be contacted when you are ready to go home, if they prefer not to wait.
Your arrival time is usually 30 minutes prior to your procedure to allow time for your nurse/specialist to assess your individual needs and carry out any preparation required for your procedure.
Our nurse will admit and prepare you for your procedure or surgery. Please let your nurse know if you have any particular cultural, spiritual, social or emotional needs that would help us in planning your care. Your nurse will also be able to answer any questions and address any concerns you may have. The nurse also ensures all the necessary consent forms are signed and completed before you have your eye surgery.
Your specialist and your anesthetist will see you before your procedure or surgery.
This means that when you are undergoing cataract, Glaucoma, pterygium, Squint or cross linking treatment with us we will be able to obtain prior approval for your procedure on your behalf. Depending on your policy cover, you may have an excess to pay which will be collected from you on the day of surgery.
If you are not covered by insurance for your surgery, you will need to arrange for payments for your procedure. You will be required to make a payment in advance of surgery being undertaken, usually at the time of your admission.
You will be issued with invoices for your procedure on the first post operative day or a few days later. We request that you forward all invoices directly to your insurance company for payment. If you have any concerns regarding your account please contact us within 7 days. Any late or non-payment by your health insurer of your surgery costs is your full responsibility.
Insurance Care Guidelines
To determine if your insurance plan covers the service, contact your health insurance representative.If you have questions about your health benefits, please call your insurer to ask if a service is covered and to determine if there are any co-payments. To ensure proper billing for your service it is important that you bring your current insurance card with you to all appointments.
Private /corporate Insured Patients
Different health policies vary in what components of your hospital stay will be covered. It is essential that you contact your insurer prior to admission to confirm your level of cover and to understand what you will need to pay for depending upon your medical condition or procedure, you may require radiology, pathology and specialist consultations during your hospital stay. These will attract additional charges that may be covered in part or in full by your health insurance policy. During your stay in hospital, you may be prescribed medications. Most of these should be covered by your private health policy. However, you should be aware that some are not. These include any medications you are taking prior to your admission to hospital and additional medications that may be required at discharge. You will need to make arrangements for payment of medications not covered by your health insurance provider.
If your insurance plan requires a co-payment, you will be expected to pay that amount at the time of your appointment. This may apply to office visits that occur at the clinic, emergency clinic visits and procedures on the same day as a visit, or any other type of service that your insurance provider allows is your responsibility.
After surgery the eye is very delicate and you must take very good care of yourself for a minimum of 4 to 6 weeks. A successful operation can be destroyed, and the eyesight lost during this critical period. Technology has modernized surgery to the point where long hospitalizations are no longer necessary, but your body still needs time to heal.
Please follow the instructions given to you in the surgery center regarding your drops