Cataract and Laser Surgery Center of South Georgia


SGNF Eye’s state-of-the-art ambulatory surgery center

Our surgery center – dedicated solely to ophthalmologic procedures – was completed in 2017 and is outfitted with the latest in surgical technology. Patients can schedule their pre-op and post-op care in any of our five locations in Valdosta, Tifton, Douglas, Moultrie, or Madison, Florida. Because of the single specialty of the center, the staff can focus on providing a personalized and streamlined patient experience from beginning to end.

Eye Partners provides expertise, experience, and technology to our patients in South Georgia and North Florida who would otherwise have to travel a much greater distance. Eye Partners’ team of ophthalmologists, Dr. Scott Petermann, Dr. Wes Ross, and Dr. Garrett Webster, perform iLASIK surgery and cataract surgery with LenSx® as well as other advanced eye surgeries in the surgery center.

You will find the best in outpatient care at Cataract and Laser Surgery Center of South Georgia, SGNF’s state-of-the-art ambulatory surgery center.  Located at 4120-B N. Valdosta Road, our facility offers a relaxed, patient-focused environment, state-of-the-art equipment, convenient access, ample public parking, and an experienced staff to meet your needs.  If you have questions regarding our center, please call us at (229) 469.7653.

Below you will find a typical checklist of what to expect before, during and after surgery for most patients.  As always, check with your individual physician to be sure you have your personalized plan in place.

Before Surgery

Your doctor’s office will schedule your procedure.  Once scheduled, a nurse from the Surgery Center will call you before your surgery date to review your health history.

We will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding the Center and your upcoming procedure.

If you develop a fever, rash or cold the few days before your procedure, contact your doctor at once, as your procedure may need to be rescheduled.  DO NOT EAT, DRINK, or CHEW anything after midnight the night before your surgery except for a sip of water with blood pressure medication.  This includes gum, mints, candy and chewing tobacco.

The Morning of Surgery

  • Do not eat or drink anything the morning of surgery, unless you have been given other instructions from our nurses.
  • Take your heart and/or blood pressure medications with a sip of water.  Diabetic patients, we may instruct you to adjust your dose of insulin on the day of your procedure.
  • You may brush your teeth and rinse your mouth with water, but do not swallow any of the water.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing (a short sleeved, button-down shirt is best).  Leave all valuables and jewelry at home.  If you wear glasses or contacts, bring a case to store them in.  Please do not wear makeup, perfume or dark colored nail polish.
  • You MUST have a responsible driver with you on the day of your procedure.  Your driver should remain in the facility while you are in surgery

During the registration process you will be asked to verify your billing and insurance information, and to sign a financial agreement.  You will need:

  • Current Driver’s License or photo ID
  • Current Insurance ID card
  • Co-pay, co-insurance, or deductible payment, if applicable
  • A list of current medications including dosage and strength

If the patient or insurance information cannot be verified, the surgery will need to be rescheduled.  If you need to make other financial arrangements or an estimate of your bill, please call (229) 469.7653 prior to your surgery day.

Next, you will be taken to the pre-procedure area where a nurse will verify medical information, allergies and your current medications.  The nurse will prepare you for your procedure, and an anesthesia provider will meet with you to discuss your medical history and the type of anesthesia you will have.

After Surgery

You can expect to spend approximately 20-30 minutes in the post-anesthesia care unit, depending upon the type of anesthesia you receive.  The nurses in this area will give you instructions for taking care of yourself at home.  Should problems or questions arise when you are recovering at home, call your surgeon at the number provided in your discharge instructions.

Information for Family Members & Friends

When we take your family member or friend in for their procedure, please remain in the Surgery Center waiting area, as many of our doctors visit with family/friends after surgery.  If you must leave, inform personnel at the front desk.

In Case of Emergency

If an emergency arises after normal business hours, please call your surgeon or go directly to your local emergency room.  Ask emergency room personnel to contact your surgeon.