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Concierge Information for Out of Town Patients

SightTrust Eye Institute serves patients from around the world. For patients traveling from out of town to SightTrust Eye Institute, our staff will make every effort to assist you. Our office is conveniently located 25 minutes West of Fort Lauderdale International Airport and 40 minutes Northwest of Miami International Airport.

Travel Information

Commercial Flights

Ft. Lauderdale Airport, Florida

320 Terminal Drive
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33315
Phone: 954.359.6100
Website: www.broward.org/Airport/
Distance to SightTrust Eye Institute: 17 miles

Miami International Airport, Florida

2100 NW 42nd Ave.
Miami, Fl 33142
Phone: 305.876.7000
Website: www.miami-airport.com
Distance to SightTrust Eye Institute: 35 miles

Private Charter Flights

Experience concierge travel alongside the luxury of Tropic Ocean Airways for all your charter airline needs to and from SightTrust Eye Institute.

Private charter services are offered to and from the following destinations:

  • The Bahamas and the Caribbean (Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands, & Antigua)
  • South Florida (Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Florida Keys, West Palm Beach)
  • Northeast US (New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts)
  • Flights from Fort Lauderdale to The Bahamas
    • Bimini
    • Nassau
    • Cat Cay
    • Great Harbour Cay

For more information, please contact Tropic Ocean Airways at:

Phone: +1 (954) 210-5569
Toll-Free: +1 (800) 767-0897

Reservations Hours: 9am – 5pm

Email: reservations@flytropic.com

Use the link below for up to 15% off your private charter, with code SIGHTTRUST.

Hotels In The Area

Our goal is to make your experience with SightTrust as convenient as possible. We work with several hotels that are conveniently located near our center and we would be happy to assist you with your accommodation needs.

Double Tree by Hilton Hotel
Sunrise – Sawgrass Mills

The DoubleTree Hotel is located across from Sawgrass Mills, Florida’s largest shopping mall. The hotel is a six-minute drive from FLA Live Arena, and our location off I-595 offers easy access to Fort Lauderdale attractions and beaches, 20 minutes away. Relax in the outdoor pool and enjoy a warm DoubleTree cookie when you arrive. Located 1.7 miles from SightTrust.

Located in: Sawgrass Lake Center
Address: 13400 W Sunrise Blvd, Sunrise, FL 33323
Phone: (954) 851-1020
Website: www.hilton.com/en/hotels/fllsmdt-doubletree-sunrise-sawgrass-mills/

Use discount code: SIGHTTRUST for 15% off your stay.

AC Hotel by Marriott Fort Lauderdale
Sunrise – Sawgrass Mills

Step into modern design with a European vibe at the brand-new AC Hotel Fort Lauderdale Sawgrass Mills/Sunrise, ideally located directly adjacent to Sawgrass Mills Mall, one of the largest shopping centers in the US. Catch a game at nearby FLA Live Arena, home of the Florida Panthers Hockey Team (0.9 mi). The hotel location provides easy access to Fort Lauderdale attractions and beaches 20 minutes away. Located 2.5 miles from SightTrust.

Located in: Sawgrass Mills
Address: 1870 Sawgrass Mills Cir, Sunrise, FL 33323
Phone: (954) 846-0400
Website: https://www.marriott.com/en-us/hotels/fllas-ac-hotel-fort-lauderdale-sawgrass-mills-sunrise/overview/

Below are general guidelines to consider when determining your minimum stay in town, please keep in mind that these can change depending on your own personal healing process:

ProcedureDaysDetail
Clear Lens Replacement1-3 days post-surgeryDr. Andrew Shatz likes to ensure patients are healing well at the 1 day post-op. Patients are then free to travel home if they are able to see a local Optometrist, should they need additional post-operative care.
Cataract Removal and Lens Replacement1-7 days post-surgeryDr. Andrew Shatz likes to ensure patients are healing well at the 1 day post-op. Patients are then free to travel home if they are able to see a local Optometrist, should they need additional post-operative care. If needed a one-week post-operative visit may be needed at SightTrust prior to
departure.
Phakic Intraocular Lens1-7 days post-surgeryDr. Andrew Shatz likes to ensure patients are healing well at the 1 day post-op. Patients are then free to travel home if they are able to see a local Optometrist, should they need additional post-operative care. If needed a one-week post-operative visit may be needed at SightTrust prior to
departure.

Instructions for Out of Town Patients

We recommend that you call our office to find out about the availability of specific dates for your consultation or procedure.

For patients interested in scheduling the consultation and procedure in the same week, we request that you fill out the New Patient Check-in Forms linked below and return that to the office at info@sighttrust.com. Please make us aware of any known medical conditions that may require a medical clearance prior to surgery. More information can be found under the guidelines for possible medical clearance section.

Once the New Patient Check-in Forms have been reviewed, our staff will set up a personal phone consultation to discuss your surgery in detail. If for any reason you are unable to return the requested History and Physical form, please let us know. A member of our staff would be happy to review your History and Physician information verbally over the phone.

The following are guidelines for possible medical clearance requirement:

  • Severe or known Anesthetic issues in the past
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) – Sleep Apnea and/or CPAP use.
  • Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)
  • Kidney Failure / Organ Transplants
  • Stroke/ Seizures/ Aneurysm
  • Severe Neurological Disorders/ Paraplegia
  • Arrhythmias (AFIB)/ Heart Attack (MI)/ Heart Disease/ Open Heart Surgery
  • Advanced Age (80+)
  • Severe Obesity (BMI 35 +)
  • Multiple Cancers or Transplants

If you have any of the above diagnoses, please make a member of our staff aware. They will assist you with the necessary Medical Clearance Form and provide those to your primary care physician and/ or cardiologist as needed. Medical clearances are required to be dated within 30 days of your scheduled surgery and are accepted for 30 days thereafter should you need to postpone for any reason.

If you have had any prior refractive or corneal surgery in the past, please request the records be sent from your physician(s) in advance of your evaluation. You may use the form located at the link below:

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