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What to Expect During Eye Surgery

Undergoing eye surgery can be quite stressful. Regardless of what kind of surgery you need, having someone working on your eye is a very intimate experience. At Fishkind, Bakewell, Maltzman, & Hunter in Tucson, we understand the concerns and will provide you with a smooth surgical experience.  As experts in ophthalmology, we diagnose and treat problems in the eyes and do not want people to delay or skip treatment out of fear. We would like to go into a bit of detail as to what you can expect from your ophthalmologist and the experience on the day of the surgery.

The Surgery Will Be Done in Our Local Ambulatory Surgery Center. 

Most eye surgery does not need to be done in the hospital. Our Practice has its own surgery center at our Tucson location, and your procedure will be conducted with a well-trained and compassionate team of staff nurses and your own surgeon.  


While the type of sedation used will depend on the procedure, conscious sedation is very common. In this case, you will be able to respond to verbal cues, but you will be in a relaxed, drowsy state to keep you comfortable and still during the procedure.  Due to the sedation, you will need a driver to and from the surgery center.  

Eye Drops

Dilating eye drops will be used to enlarge your pupils and prepare your eye for the surgery. These eye drops will make it difficult to see but will wear off after the procedure.

After the Surgery

You will not need to stay too long, but our medical staff will want to keep you here for a little while to monitor your condition as the sedatives wear off. We need to be sure that your vital signs are good before you leave. Most surgeries will require that you are seen by your surgeon in the office on the day after your procedure to check on your eye and confirm that your surgery is healing well.  We will also need to check your eye within 2-3 weeks to check your vision.  

Resuming Normal Activities

You can usually resume your normal daily activities shortly after the surgery. While you should take the day off work, you will likely be back to your normal activities in the next couple of days. Your surgeon will inform you of any restrictions for your recovery period. 

Contact Our Team for Eye Surgery in Tucson, AZ

If you are considering eye surgery, contact Fishkind, Bakewell, Maltzman, & Hunter to set up an appointment with one of our ophthalmologists. Call our team today at (520) 293-6740 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.

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