During your consultation at Bayside Eye Specialists your doctor will assess and discuss with you the need for eye surgery. If surgery is required, a theatre location and date can be organised at the time of your consultation with the Theatre Bookings Coordinator.
Most surgeries are day procedures, performed under local anesthetic in a theatre setting. Most of our doctors perform surgery at Victoria Parade Surgery Centre, in East Melbourne. Dr Laurence Sullivan also operates at Cabrini Hospital Brighton and Dr Alicia Au operates in various locations around metropolitan Melbourne.
Following your detailed consultation and testing, your doctor will advise our Theatre Bookings Coordinator of the customised surgical treatment planned for you. This will enable our Theatre Bookings Coordinator to give you a detailed, precise quote, including eligibility with any private health insurance you may have, or options for self funding. We do not give out surgery costs until you have had an appointment with one of our doctors. The price of a surgical procedure can be quite variable as it depends on multiple factors. This would be discussed following your consultation.
You will be required to fast prior to your surgery, the fasting times can vary. Once the surgery has been booked you will be informed of your fasting timeline.
The Day of Surgery
You will be in the surgery centre for approximately 4 hours, from the time you greet the reception staff at the admissions desk, until you leave.
For most eye procedures, when you arrive in the operative suite, drops will be put into your eye to dilate (enlarge) the pupil. You will be given a mild sedative and a painless anaesthetic will be administered. The skin around the eye will be cleaned. Sterile drapes will be placed around your head and face and you will be able to breathe normally. Your doctor’s Specialist Anaesthetist will monitor you continuously to ensure your safety and comfort. A microscope will be positioned over your eye and you will be asked to look up towards the light of the microscope. You will feel no pain, only slight pressure on your eye and face. All you have to do is to relax and hold still. The doctor will communicate with you during surgery. If you have any problems during the surgery, or you need to cough or sneeze, you must speak up and tell your doctor. After surgery you will rest for a while in a reclining chair and have a hot drink and some sandwiches. Most patients are able to leave within an hour.
You are required to have someone with you after your surgery. Your eye will be covered and you will have had an anaesthetic. For this reason it is the surgery centre’s duty of care upon discharge that you are under the care of a responsible adult. Be prepared to have someone collect you. A taxi driver does not qualify as an appropriate carer.
You will be required to attend post-operative appointments at the clinic. These may be 1 or 2 days following surgery and may be ongoing for a few weeks. It is important as part of your post-operative care that you attend these appointments.