The Short Stay Unit (SSU) provides same-day surgical services.
Surgeries performed in SSU include radial keratotomy, cataract extraction, laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK), correction of strabismus, and lacrimal duct probing. Patients with chronic medical conditions, patients requiring special medications and monitoring, and patients requiring more complex surgeries must be admitted for inpatient surgery.
Evaluation in the Outpatient Clinics
Your ophthalmic condition will be evaluated in the Outpatient Clinics. Your doctor will advise you if your surgery will be performed in SSU or if inpatient hospitalization is required.
Pre surgery Medical Examination
Surgery in SSU will require a medical examination to determine your general health. From the Outpatient Clinics, you will be escorted to the pre-hospitalization area for this examination.
You will then attend an education and instruction session in SSU. Nursing staff and interpreters will give you careful instructions on fasting time, arrival time on the day of surgery, preoperative medications, and what to expect on the day of surgery.
The education session will include an orientation to the surgery room. There are no beds in SSU, only comfortable reclining chairs for adults, and cribs or daybeds for children. After your orientation, you will be taken to the Admitting Department to obtain an appointment slip for the day of surgery.
Please arrive in the Admitting Department at the appropriate time:
Morning surgery: 06:00 hours
Afternoon surgery: 10:00 hours
On arrival, report to the Admitting Department and complete the admission process. Staff will then accompany you to SSU.
In SSU, the nurse will ask you questions and fill out an admission assessment. It is very important that the instructions given to you or your child during the education visit are followed, especially instructions concerning arrival time, fasting, and required assistance by an authorized companion. If these instructions have not been followed, the scheduled surgery may be cancelled.
You will change into a hospital gown, surgical head cover, and shoe covers. You may be given preoperative medication prior to your surgery to help you relax. Eye drops may be placed in your eyes.
Your doctor will discuss anesthesia with you. General anesthesia, which will put you to sleep, is used for some types of surgeries. Local anesthesia, an injection given near the eye that makes your eye completely numb, is used for others.
If you are given a local anesthetic, you will remain awake during your surgery. The surgeon will position your head during your operation and ask you not to move, except when instructed. You may relax, but you must be sure to lie quietly.
After the surgery is completed, you will be brought back to your room in SSU and rest in a reclining chair. Children will rest in a crib or daybed. You will be given something to eat and drink, and the nurse will take your blood pressure and pulse.
You should plan to spend all day at the hospital for your surgery in SSU. The surgery will take approximately 2 hours. Preparation prior to surgery will take approximately 1.5 hours. You will require about 1 hour to rest following surgery before you are ready to go home.
After about 1 hour, the nurse will bring your companion into SSU. The nurse and interpreter will give you instructions about your next appointment, discharge medications, and any other instructions the doctor has ordered. You may then go home with your companion. You will not be allowed to drive.
You will be wearing an eye patch and shield when you come back from surgery. Do not remove them. Your doctor will remove them on the day after surgery. A stinging sensation in the operated eye is normal after surgery. You can expect some blurring of vision, but should feel little or no pain.
- Do not lie on your operated eye while you sleep.
- You may bathe, but water should not be allowed to come in contact with the operated eye, which should remain covered by the patch or shield.
- Do not rub or press on your operated eye. If necessary, you may gently dab it with a clean tissue.
- Use no medication in the eye, except what you are given by your doctor or nurse.
- Do not bend your head down or lift heavy weights as this might create pressure and harm your eye.
- Precautions may need to be followed postoperatively regarding bending at the waist to avoid increased pressure in the eye. Follow your doctor’s instructions.
Plan to take things easy for several weeks following surgery. Thereafter, you may resume most activities. If you have any concerns or questions after you leave SSU, you may call our emergency room at 482-1234, extension 2798, or come to the hospital. If any abnormal signs (e.g. swelling, redness, or discharge) are noted in your operated eye, you should come directly to the emergency room.