Advanced Eye Centers – FAQs

What is an Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC)?top

An Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) is a medical facility for surgical treatment that doesn’t require admittance into a hospital. Our rooms are equipped with the same equipment found in hospitals – in fact, since an ASC is a dedicated surgery center, many times our rooms have more advanced equipment than most hospitals.

An ASC environment offers a more relaxed environment, since our procedures are performed on otherwise healthy people who haven’t been suffering from long-term illnesses.

They provide a safe, cost-effective, caring and convenient environment that is less stressful than a large hospital environment. Given the nature of our facility, we are also not interrupted by emergency care situations, and so we are able to dedicate 100% of our focus to our patients during surgery.

How common is it to have a surgical procedure performed at an ASC?top

Almost 10 million surgeries are performed at more than 4,800 surgery centers throughout the United States each year. Over 50% of all surgeries are now being performed on an outpatient basis.

Is Advanced Eye Surgery Center subject to government and other regulations?top

Yes, since Advanced Eye Surgery Center is Medicare-certified, so we are subject to strict federal regulations. In addition, Advanced Eye Surgery Center is fully accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC).

Is Advanced Eye Surgery Center prepared for emergency treatment?top

Yes, our operating and recovery rooms at Advanced Eye Surgery Center have emergency and defibrillator equipment available on hand. Our medical staff is fully trained to handle emergency situations. In the event a patient needs hospital admission, you will be transferred via ambulance to St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford, Massachusetts.

Are all surgeons at Advanced Eye Surgery Center board certified? top

Yes, all attending physicians at Advanced Eye Surgery Center are fully board certified according to the regulations set forth by the Board of Ophthalmology.

What pre-operative testing is performed prior to surgery? top

You will be required to have an EKG and a history & physical with your primary care physician prior to your surgery. You will also need an appointment in our office for an A-scan (eye measurement) or other testing that is required before your procedure.

Does Advanced Eye Surgery Center contact patients prior to surgery?top

Yes, prior to each procedure one of our staff members will call the patient to review their medical history and pre-op instructions. Patients will have the opportunity to have all of their questions answered at that time.

Does a consent form need to be signed by the patient prior to surgery? top

Yes, all patients will be asked to review and sign a consent for the surgical procedure as well as a consent for anesthesia to be administered.

Does Advanced Eye Surgery Center honor Advanced Directives (a Living Will)?top

No, Advanced Eye Surgery Center does not honor Advanced Directives. In an emergency, we will resuscitate all patients and transport them to St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford, Massachusetts.

Why must I refrain from eating and/or drinking prior to surgery?top

You must refrain from eating and/or drinking 6 hours prior to surgery (unless told otherwise) in order to prevent the risks of aspirating gastric contents during your surgery. This complication is very serious and you need to strictly abide by our recommendations. These are all based on national safety standards.

Should I take my usual medications?top

You will be instructed by our staff member as to which medications you must take the morning of your surgery. Generally, we request that you take most medications on the morning of surgery. You can take them with a sip of water. People using inhalers must bring them to the surgery center on the day of surgery. Some medications will be held the morning of surgery, particularly diabetes medication. If you were advised not to take your diabetes medication the morning of surgery, you should bring these medications with you to the surgery center.

How long will my procedure take?top

The length of your stay depends on the procedure that is performed. The average stay at our facility is 2 to 3 hours for most visits.

Does the surgery hurt?top

You will receive an IV placed in your hand or arm by the Anesthesia Department. You will receive a combination of relaxing medication as well as numbing medication for your eye. Most patients experience minimal to no discomfort during the surgery.

How long do I have to stay in recovery after the surgery?top

There is no prescribed time to stay with us after surgery. You will be permitted to go home as soon as we feel it is safe to discharge you. Feel reassured that you will be permitted to stay as long as necessary.

Can I return to my normal activities after the surgery?top

You may return to your normal medications and most of your daily activities after the surgery. We ask that you do not drive or make any legal binding decisions for 24 hours due to the sedation that you received at the surgery center.

May I drive home?top

Patients will not be allowed to drive, walk or take public transportation home after anesthesia. Any patient receiving anesthesia should not drive until the next day. A patient receiving sedation for a procedure needs a ride home. We also strongly recommend that all patients be received by a responsible adult when they arrive home.

Can my family member stay with me?top

We will ask that they stay in the reception area and will allow them to re-join you in the recovery area after your surgery is complete. We plan to unite you with your family almost immediately after the surgery, if you so choose. Some patients prefer to be alone for a while and that will be honored.

Are patients billed for deductibles and co-Insurance?top

Patients are responsible for deductibles, co-payments and remaining balances the day of the procedure.

Who will provide my anesthesia? top

Anesthesia Professionals, Inc. provides anesthesia services at the Advanced Eye Surgery Center. A team consisting of a certified nurse anesthetist will care for you. This team approach provides maximum patient safety.

Will I be billed separately by the anesthesiologist?top

Yes, your insurance will be billed separately for your anesthesia services. Anesthesia Professionals, Inc. participates in most health plans. If you have any financial concerns, you may call 401-826-8720 or toll free at 800-521-APRO.

If you have any questions or concerns please give us a call @ (508) 717-0477 or email us