A few days before the procedure, a nurse from the same day surgery department will contact the parents of the patient. He or she will confirm the scheduled surgery time and what time the child should arrive at the hospital on the day of the procedure.
The parents are asked to bring a complete list of all medications the child takes as well as a physical exam card that has been completed by the patient's primary care physician within 30 days prior to the procedure.
If the child has prescription eye drops or ointment, he/she will most likely use these medicines the night before the surgery and the morning of the surgery, especially if they are used to treat glaucoma. However, parents should verify this with the eye clinic staff prior to the day of surgery.
On the day of the procedure the patient should dress in comfortable clothing. No jewelry or fingernail polish should be worn. Eating and drinking instructions are age-specific and are found in the Same Day Surgery Guide.
If the patient takes any medicines routinely, he or she can usually take the morning dose with a sip or two of water. However, parents should notify the doctor of any morning medicines prior to surgery.
A doctor or nurse practitioner from the anesthesia department will talk to the parents about the anesthesia. They will be available to answer any questions the parents may have.