Prior to Admission

Surgical patients are scheduled for admission to the hospital following evaluation of their eye condition in the Outpatient Clinics. 

Prior to surgery, a complete medical examination is conducted to determine the patient’s general health. It is important that all current medications and previous medical reports be brought to this examination.

The patient is admitted 1 to 2 days before the scheduled surgery. After the surgical procedure, the patient remains in the hospital for 2 or 3 additional days. Altogether, the hospital stay may last 5 to 7 days.


After Admission

Your room: On arrival at the inpatient unit, the nurse and the patient educator will orient you to your room and surroundings, and show you how to operate your bed controls and emergency call signals. Nursing staff are specially trained in ophthalmic medicine and are prepared to help you. Please make known any assistance needed during your hospital stay. If you are using a wheelchair, call your nurse for help when getting in and out of bed. Interpreters are available on every floor to assist in communication. A copy of patients’ rights and responsibilities is available on request.

Presurgery visit: After admission and before your surgery, your doctor will visit you and answer any questions you may have. An anesthesiologist will also visit you and explain his/her role in your care. 

Special tests: Your nurse will inform you of any special tests that have been ordered for you by your doctor. These tests may be performed in your room or in another department in the hospital.


Day of Surgery

Nurse will instruct you to refrain from eating or drinking prior to surgery. On the day of surgery, preoperative medication will be given to you in your hospital room. At the appropriate time, you will be taken to the pre-surgical area, where you will be greeted by a nurse who will remain with you and explain what is happening to you at each step until you are taken into the operating room. After your surgery, you will be moved to the recovery room, where specially trained staff will take care of you until you return to your room.


Following Surgery

After surgery, a patch is placed on your operated eye. A sandy or stinging feeling in your operated eye is normal after eye surgery; however, you should feel little or no pain. If you experience pain, ask the nurses for medicine.

Progress reports: Your medical treatment will be directed by your ophthalmologist, who will keep you informed of your progress and will explain necessary procedures. Your physician will check the healing of your eye daily while you are in the hospital. Be sure to ask any questions you have during this visit. You may be asked to remain in the hospital for a longer period of time, depending on your recovery.

Discharge planning: When your doctor determines you are ready to go home and informs you of your hospital discharge date and time, you should begin making plans for your transportation home. You should plan to leave the hospital on your planned discharge date so that another patient awaiting a scheduled admission can be treated.

Tips for a Safe Recovery

Do not lie on your operated eye while you sleep.  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. Precautions may need to be followed postoperatively regarding bending at the waist to avoid increased pressure in the eye. Follow your doctor’s instructions.

Additional Information

Patient support services:

Patient educators make daily rounds in the inpatient units to inform patients about eye diseases, treatment, and prevention. Should you need additional information on these topics during your stay, please call extension 3751 or 3745. The Social Services Department provides social, financial, and psychological assistance to hospitalized and follow-up patients receiving treatment at KKESH. Assistance is provided according to patient need.

Saturday – Tuesday         08:00 – 17:30 hours

Wednesday                      08:00 – 16:30 hours

Thursday                          09:00 – 13:00 hours

Prayer areas: Ground floor: in the patient waiting area adjacent to the pre-hospitalization area (men). First floor: Adjacent to the operating room entrance (separate areas for men and women). All other floors have prayer areas; please ask the staff for information.

Mosque: The KKESH mosque is located on the hospital grounds, a few minutes’ walk southeast of the main hospital building. For Your Convenience

Telephones: A telephone is available at the bedside in each room.

Local calls: Calls within Riyadh are free of charge, and may be made by lifting the telephone receiver and giving the hospital telephone operator the number you wish to contact. National and international calls require a prepaid deposit that can be arranged through the Admitting Department.

Mail: Mail received while you are a patient will be brought to your room.

Television: Each room has a color television that can be controlled from the bedside console. Please ask for operating assistance if needed. From 09:00 to 17:00 hours, the in-house channel in the hospital shows educational films


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