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Preparing for Surgery

The Wilmer Eye Institute is dedicated to ensuring that you have a positive outpatient surgical experience. Our goal is to make your procedure as pleasant and safe as possible. Therefore, we ask that you read these instructions and complete necessary paperwork and testing before arriving at the surgical location. (Your doctor will give a complete set of instructions about your pre-surgical testing requirements to you.) This will help to minimize delays on the day of your surgery. If you have any questions about your upcoming surgery, do not hesitate to ask your physician.

Pre-Operative Instructions

In order to ensure that we do not have to cancel your surgical procedure, please make sure that you adhere to the following pre-surgery instructions for before surgery, the night before surgery and on the day of surgery.

Before Surgery

  • You will need to have a pre-operative physical examination within thirty days of your scheduled surgical date. This can be scheduled at The Wilmer Eye Institute or with your primary care physician.
  • If you decide to have your own physician perform your pre-operative evaluation, this history and physical examination form and any required lab tests must be completed, signed and faxed back to our office NO LATER THAN 3 DAYS PRIOR TO THE DATE OF SURGERY, or your surgery may be cancelled.
  • If returning the history and physical form and lab/test results by fax, send to 410-614-0316.
  • If returning form/test results by mail, check with your eye doctor's office for the correct mailing address. In addition, please bring a copy with you on the day of your surgery.
  • Please inform your Wilmer doctor about any medications you are currently taking, including aspirin or aspirin-like products, anticoagulants, insulin or oral hypoglycemics.
  • If you become ill just before surgery, particularly if you develop a fever, sore throat, cough, or other cold symptoms, please contact our surgical scheduling office, so the surgeon can discuss your condition to determine whether your surgery needs to be rescheduled.

For any questions regarding the content of the history and physical or the required lab tests, please contact the Wilmer Pre-Operative Evaluation Center at 410-955-5730.

The Night Before Surgery

Please follow these instructions carefully or your surgery may have to be cancelled:

  • Do not eat or drink after midnight unless your doctor directs you to do so.
  • Remove nail polish and nail wrappings from all fingers prior to coming to the hospital.
  • If you routinely take medication every day, the anesthesia staff in pre-operative testing will provide you with specific instructions. The Day of Surgery
  • Arrive 2 hours before your surgery.
  • For your safety, you will not be allowed to have surgery unless you have arranged for someone to drive you home. We can refer you to a private patient escort service, if needed.
  • If you live alone, you may want to arrange for someone to stay with you on the first night after your surgery. This will allow time to change clothes, talk with the nurse, and get answers to your questions.
  • We recommend that you wear casual, comfortable, loose-fitting clothing that buttons or zips down the front and is easy to take off and put back on after surgery.
  • Do not apply any makeup, cream or aftershave lotion the day of surgery.
  • Shoes should be flat and without laces.
  • Leave all valuables and jewelry, including wedding rings, at home since we cannot assume liability for personal property.
  • Dentures, contact lenses, glasses and hearing aids may be removed prior to surgery. Since these personal items can easily be misplaced, please keep them in appropriate cases or containers (that won't be mistaken for trash) when not in use and give them to the person escorting you.
  • If you find yourself in a situation that makes it necessary to cancel your surgery, please call your physician as soon as possible.

Care at Home After Surgery

  • After surgery, your physician will likely prescribe medications. You can fill these prescriptions at your neighborhood pharmacy or at available Johns Hopkins pharmacies.
  • Please bring your prescription care card or information with you. It is best to fill the prescriptions on the day of surgery so that they can begin first thing the next morning after seeing the doctor.
  • You’ll receive written discharge instructions upon leaving. Please follow these instructions regarding the medication, rest, activity and diet and any other after-care advice to help you recover faster, be more comfortable, and reduce the risks of complications when you follow your doctor's orders.

Follow-Up Visits

  • Post-operative office visits are usually scheduled for one day after surgery, and then again between one and eight (1-8) weeks from the date of your surgery, depending on the circumstances.

Our Commitment to You

The Wilmer Eye Institute is committed to safeguarding the dignity and safety of all of our patients. We stand by the Johns Hopkins Medicine Patient Bill of Rights, which informs all patients and their patient representatives of their rights and responsibilities while receiving care, treatment and services.

Johns Hopkins Medicine Patient Rights and Responsibilities

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