Preparing for LASIK is very important for people who are about to have vision correction surgery. While modern advancements in technology make LASIK a predictable and comfortable outpatient procedure, prepping your eyes is vital for an optimal outcome. Your LASIK surgeon should provide you with clear, detailed pre-operative instructions. We outline some general helpful tips from when to stop wearing your contacts to when to use your eye drops before your LASIK procedure to ensure your eye surgery goes smoothly.
Part of preparing for LASIK surgery means taking a break from wearing your contact lenses. A few weeks prior to treatment, you will need to swap out your contacts for glasses.
Do not use makeup, perfume, lotions, cologne or aftershave on the day of your treatment.
Wear warm, layered clothing and closed-toe shoes. Do not wear sandals or flip-flops. Make sure your clothing is something you would feel comfortable sleeping in so you will not need to change clothes to go to sleep once you return home. Do not wear any accessories in your hair.
Since you will not be able to drive right after your surgery, make sure to bring a friend or family member along to drive you home.
Shortly before you arrive at your LASIK appointment, eat a light snack or a small meal to keep you from getting hungry during or after the procedure.
You will need to rest after your LASIK treatment. So, it is best to avoid caffeine or any other sugary food or drink that will make it difficult for you to sleep after the surgery. Drinking water helps keep your eyes moist, which will ensure that your eyes are comfortable after treatment.
Bring your antibiotic and anti-inflammatory eye drops with you on LASIK surgery day. In addition to being an important part of preparing for LASIK, it is always a good idea to bring them along on surgery day.
For more information on how to prepare for LASIK, or to schedule a complimentary consultation with a Providence Eye LASIK surgeon to find out if you are an ideal LASIK candidate, contact our office today. We’ll help you see more, and live better!