Please call 877-385-3393 between 3:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. the day before your surgery to receive your arrival time. For surgery on Monday, please call the Friday before surgery.
Follow your surgeon's instructions about eye drops, aspirin, or other blood thinners prior to surgery.
Please inform the nurse of changes in your medicines or health condition since the pre-op visit.
If you are diabetic, do not take your insulin or diabetic pills on the morning of surgery unless you are directed to do so by the family nurse practitioner (FNP) or physician assistant (PA).
The following guidelines are very important for your safety. Failure to follow these guidelines will result in delay or cancellation of your surgery. Remember that fasting time is before arrival -- not surgery time.
When you arrive for surgery, report to the third floor of Duke Eye Center and check in at the registration desk.
Adult cataract patients only: May wear clean loose-fitting clothes (elastic waistband, sweat-pants) to the operating room. Please bring an extra pair of pants and underclothing.
Children: Bring along your child's favorite security object (stuffed animal, blanket, pacifier, toy, etc.)
The above instructions may be adjusted by your surgeon. If you have any questions, contact your surgeon or the on-call doctors
Report any of the following:
If you experience any of the problems listed above call 919-681-3937 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
After 5:00 p.m., call 800-422-1575 and ask for the on-call eye doctor. You may also call Duke University Hospital at 919-684-8111.
You will not be allowed to drive yourself home or take public transportation alone on the day of surgery because you will have received sedation.
If prior arrangements are not made, the surgery will be canceled.
A person 18 years or older must remain at the Eye Center with you during your surgery and take responsibility for you at discharge.
If no such support is available, please have your provider call our social worker at 919-684-2477.
Our goal is to provide the best care to all of our patients. We make every effort to stay on schedule and hope that patients will understand when unexpected delays occur.
To help us measure how well we have met our goals, you may receive a survey. It is our hope that we will have met our goal to provide you with “very good” care.
Thank you for choosing Duke Eye Center.