Surgery with Retina Associates of South Texas
All physicians with Retina Associates are fellowship trained vitreo-retinal
surgeons ready to provide state-of-the-art care for retinal disease. All
surgeries are performed at Methodist Specialty & Transplant Hospital
located on 8026
Floyd Curl Drive, San Antonio. (See
MAP) The telephone number to
the hospital is (210)
If an operating
room is required for your surgical procedure, our surgical
coordinator Dorothy Gonzales will assist you and your physician in
scheduling and all pre-surgical testing. A pre–surgery medical
evaluation will be necessary to be sure that you are healthy enough to
undergo surgery. Eye surgeries are performed under local or general
anesthesia. Here below is your pre-operative instructions
Please refrain from eating or drinking anything after midnight the
night before surgery or the morning of your surgery.
You may shower the night before or on the morning of your surgery.
However, please do not apply any makeup, lotions or creams to the face.
Men are encouraged to shave the night before.
If you are diabetic, please do not take your insulin or any oral
hypoglycemic medications the morning of your surgery.
Please continue all other medications with a sip of water unless
Please bring all your medications with you to the hospital.
Please report to the Outpatient Admitting Office at Methodist
Specialty & Transplant Hospital at your appointed time.
Please contact Dorothy Gonzales at (210)
615-7600 should you have any questions about your surgery or
should you need to reschedule.
Following surgery at Methodist Specialty and Transplant Hospital, an eye
patch and a protective shield will placed over the operated eye. Please
leave the patch and shield on overnight following surgery. You may
remove the patch and shield the next morning. When you remove the patch,
it is not uncommon to have blurred
vision or temporary double
Please start your eye drops as scheduled once the patch is removed. Use
only the new eye medications you have received upon discharge from the
hospital in the operated eye.
Continue to use any prescribed eye medications in the non-operated eye.
Resume taking regular medications unless otherwise instructed by your
doctor. You may use Tylenol for pain control unless otherwise instructed
by you doctor.
A postoperative appointment is normally scheduled one day following
surgery. At that time, your surgeon will plan a specific follow-up
schedule with you, customized to the needs of your eye condition.
In certain situations, an air, gas or silicone oil bubble is placed in
the eye at the time of surgery. An air or gas bubble will
temporarily blur your vision for 1-6 weeks. The bubble will gradually
disappear and you will eventually notice a curved line or shadow at the
bottom of your vision until the bubble is completely resolved. While the
bubble is present, you are restricted from flying in an airplane or any
high altitude travel.
If silicone oil is placed in the eye at the time of surgery it will also
blur your vision, however sometimes the focus can be improved with
refraction. Unlike an air or gas bubble, an oil bubble will not
disappear on its own - it must be removed in a separate surgery. There
are no restrictions on air travel with an oil bubble.
positioning may be required to place
the air/gas/oil bubble against the
area of detached
or treated retina. In certain situations, you may be
asked to do one of the following:
- Lay Face down
Avoid laying on back
Left side down
Right side down
Do not rub your eye. Avoid heavy lifting, bending, or straining for 2-3 weeks.
You may bathe or shower- please avoid getting soap or water in the
operated eye. Avoid nose blowing or coughing. Do not drive or return to work unless otherwise instructed.
protection with your regular prescription glasses or sunglasses
If you develop severe pain, redness, swelling, discharge, light
sensitivity, or a significant change in vision, PLEASE CALL YOUR DOCTOR
IMMEDIATELY! Some redness, discomfort and light sensitivity are normal
following surgery If you have any questions at any time, please do
not hesitate to call your physician.