Preparing For Lasik Surgery

From the consultation to the days leading up to your appointment, be proactive in preparing for LASIK surgery. While the laser vision correction procedure doesn’t require much advanced preparation, it never hurts to plan ahead.

Your Appointments: Keep Your Ophthalmologist and Surgeon Informed

Be honest and upfront when discussing LASIK with your ophthalmologist. In some cases, LASIK isn’t the best solution and withholding information that you think could prevent you from getting the surgery will only hurt you in the long run. If your ophthalmologist agrees it’s the best course of action for your eye problems, he’ll help you find a surgeon if he doesn’t perform the surgery himself.

Your LASIK surgeon will give you a rundown of the benefits, risks and your alternatives. Take notes, ask questions and don’t hesitate to call back in a few days if you think of more questions later. Eye surgery is an intimidating procedure and your surgeon will understand your anxieties.

Preparing Your Eyes for LASIK Surgery

Prepare your eyes by setting aside your contacts in favor of your glasses for a period of time before your surgery or consult. This allows your cornea to return to its original shape, since contacts slightly change the physical shape of your eye.

The type of lenses you wear influences how far in advance of your appointment to stop wearing contacts. A two-week period of disuse is recommended for patients who wear soft contact lenses. For toric soft lenses or rigid gas permeable lenses, three weeks is recommended. Patients with hard lenses may need to wear glasses for a month before the appointment.

Some surgeons will ask you to prepare your eyes before your consultation while others don’t ask you to change your habits until preparing for the surgery. Ask when you make the appointment if they have any special requirements for the consult.

Last Minute Preparations Before Your LASIK Surgery

Your surgeon will explain ahead of time specific requirements, such as:

  • Most patients are given a sedative before the operation. Between the sedatives and the recovery time for the surgery, you won’t be able to drive and should arrange to have a friend take you home.
  • Most patients are provided a painkiller prescription for after the surgery. Your surgeon may be willing to give you the prescription ahead of time so that it’s already filled and in your possession before the surgery.
  • The day of the surgery, avoid facial cream, lotion or make up.

Plan ahead for the days after surgery and prepare yourself for how patients feel during LASIK eye surgery.