Frequently Asked Questions
Q? What is oculoplastic surgery?
A. Cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the eyes is a specialized area of ophthalmology requiring a deep knowledge of the eye and its disorders. An oculoplastic surgeon has completed training in ophthalmology followed by further specialization and surgical training to address cosmetic concerns around the eye as well as reconstructive surgery to correct eyelid position abnormalities, skin cancer reconstruction, tumor removal, tearing disorders, thyroid eye disease and trauma.
Q? Why is it important to choose an oculoplastic surgeon to address my concerns?
A. The eyelids and the periorbital regions are extremely complex and delicate structures with a vital role in protection of the eye and preservation of vision. Disorders involving these areas of the face can result in devastating and sometimes irreparable vision loss. By the same token, cosmetic procedures in this region, when performed by a surgeon that lacks an in-depth knowledge of the eye, can result in complications that can cause more than facial deformity…they can result in vision loss. That is why it is important to choose an oculoplastic surgeon with an intricate knowledge of the periorbital and orbital regions.
Q? What should I bring to my appointment?
A. All new patients should expect to fill out patient registration paperwork, bring a form of photo I.D. and insurance cards (if applicable). Established or returning patients will not need to fill out additional paperwork at subsequent visits, unless there is a change in their medical history or insurance.
Q? Is surgery performed on an outpatient basis or will I need to be hospitalized for care?
A. Almost all of surgeries are performed on an outpatient basis. This means you go home the same day. If the surgery requires general anesthesia, it is performed at an area hospital.
Q? Where does Dr. Mirwat S. Sami perform her surgeries?
A. In addition to our In-Office surgical suite, Houston Eye Associates Surgery Center and Gramercy Outpatient Surgery Center, Dr. Mirwat S. Sami has privileges to perform surgery at a number of area hospitals such as Methodist Hospital, M. D. Anderson Cancer Center and Texas Children’s Hospital.
Q? Will my surgery be covered by insurance?
A. In some cases where the eyelid malposition is affecting vision and eye health, the surgery can be covered, in part, by insurance. This will be discussed in detail at the time of your consultation, during which a complete history, evaluation and some further testing will be performed. Your insurance carrier will evaluate the “medical necessity” of treating your condition, based on the data gathered during your consultation and thus determine your financial responsibility.
Q? What health insurances are accepted by your office?
A. Dr. Mirwat Sami accepts Medicare and most major health insurance plans (such as Blue Cross, United Health Care, Aetna, Cigna, etc). However, health insurance in not required to schedule an appointment for self-pay patients. Cosmetic patients do not require health care benefits to schedule a consultation or obtain care.