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Day Surgery

Staff at the Eye and Ear try to make the experience of a day surgery as easy as possible for our patients. At your pre-admission appointment or telephone interview, you will have had the opportunity to hear more about the process and ask any questions. You will also have received a letter in the mail confirming your surgery details.

On the day of your surgery, when you arrive at the hospital, please go directly to the admissions area specified in your appointment letter. All patients under 16 years of age require a parent or guardian to be present at admission. For children under 12 years of age who are staying overnight, a parent or guardian is required stay with them.

The Day Surgery Facility conducts elective eye, ear, nose and throat surgery. Emergency eye surgeries are also performed regularly in this unit.  The majority of patients who have elective surgery as day patients are discharged back home soon after surgery. Some patients requiring further observation after the procedure are discharged to the surgical ward.

It is important that you bring your Medicare card, all your medications in their original containers and any personal items you may need. Please do not take any jewellery or valuable personal items to hospital with you.  

What are the different types of surgery performed at the hospital?

  • Cataract Surgery
  • Squint Surgery
  • Glaucoma Surgery
  • Corneal Surgery
  • Oculoplastic Surgery
  • Minor Eye procedures eg Chalazion, Pterygium, etc.
  • Various Ear, Nose and Throat Surgery eg tonsils, adenoids, grommets, septoplasty, etc.

What will happen on the day of my surgery?

  • You will need to report to the admission desk specified in your appointment letter. Please double check your letter as there are two locations - Eye and Ear on the Park, St Andrews Place, East Melbourne and the main hospital, 32 Gisborne St, East Melbourne. Locations and maps located here
  • You will be asked to take a seat and wait until a nurse calls out your name. Surgery lists are not based on arrival times. 
  • Once called, the nurse will prepare you for surgery. Any pre-medication ordered by the doctor will be given to you at this time as well.
  • If you have any questions about the procedure, you can ask nurses or the doctors any time before having anaesthesia and surgery. Please refer to Informed Patient Consent posters for more information.
  • Once the procedure is complete, you will be transferred to a recovery room where they will take care of you until you are ready for discharge to either go home or the ward.
  • Your post-operative instructions, discharge medications and follow up appointments will be given to you before you leave the unit.

The below video shows the process for having eye surgery for many of the conditions we treat at the Eye and Ear. Your doctor will talk to you about your anaesthesia more.

Anaesthesia for eye surgery from Royal Vic Eye and Ear Hospital on Vimeo.

How long will it take?

  • Allow about 4-6 hours for the entire stay in the unit
  • Morning Surgery runs from 7.30am to 1.30pm
  • Afternoon Surgery runs from 12pm to 6pm

More information 

If you have any other questions, contact Admissions on 03 9929 8340, Monday to Friday from 8am to 4pm.