Surgery Information

When will my surgery be?

After your appointment we will schedule your surgery date. In most cases, the date of your surgery is flexible. However, in some cases we may need to schedule your surgery immediately. The surgery center should call you regarding your surgical time. The time is dependent on your level of urgency and operating room availability.

How can I prepare for my surgery?

  • Medical Clearance You may have to see your primary care physician (PCP) for pre-operative clearance. You may also have to get lab work and an EKG done. The surgery center may call you to coordinate this, or it may be coordinated through your PCP’s office.
  • Fasting and Medications The night before your surgery, please do not eat or drink after midnight. We will discuss which of your medications you are permitted to take with sips of water the morning of your surgery. If you are on a blood thinner, we may ask you to stop taking it before your surgery.
  • Directions We will provide you with directions to the hospital and direct you of where to go once you get there.
  • Schedule a Driver During surgery, you will be given local anesthetics. Following surgery, you will have a patch on your eye. We ask that you schedule a driver for your safety.
  • Surgery Arrival Time The surgery center will contact you regarding arrival time.

What can I expect after my surgery?

After surgery, you will have a patch on your eye and you may have to position your head in a certain way. If you are asked to be in a face-down position, you may find the use of positioning equipment to be helpful. Many times this is covered by insurance. Positioning equipment provider information can be found here. We will give you a sheet with instructions following your surgery.

The day after your surgery will be your follow up appointment in our office. You will need a driver. We will take off your patch and start you on eye drops in the office. You should also plan on several follow-up visits during the first few months after your surgery to monitor your progress.
Do not hesitate to call if you have any questions or concerns – someone is always available and will return your call.

What our Patients are Saying

"Excellent treatment and competent staff. Dr. Conti is highly qualified and demonstrates a caring attitude."
~ Jim Athans, Jan. 2020

"The team at VRC has been great. Dr. Estafanous always explains things clearly and completely. When it comes to eyes, time is critical and they make sure you get in quickly." 
~ Steve B., March 2020

"Very impressed with the professionalism of this practice. Dr. P fully explained my issue as well as the options that are available. I appreciated the time that she spent with me."
~ Sarah Rosenlieb, Jan. 2020

"We love everyone there. My 18 year daughter was scared with a detached retina and doctors and staff all calmed her down. They always make us feel welcome. Awesome people!!!!"
~ Sherry Beatty, March 2020