What You Should Know Before LASIK Surgery
If you’ve decided you want to ditch your glasses and contact lenses forever, LASIK surgery can help. Or if you’ve already made a booking and are wondering what happens before LASIK surgery, this guide has all the info you need.
There is a number of important measures you need to take. These will make sure LASIK is right for you, and ensure that the procedure is a success.
Are you a candidate?
Not everyone is a suitable candidate for LASIK surgery. Every individual is different and a consultation with an eye specialist is needed. Based on a number of criteria, he or she will determine whether you are able to undergo LASIK surgery. General health, your current prescription, corneal thickness, and any pre-existing eye conditions are all taken into consideration.
Technology is always changing and improving. You may not be suitable for LASIK surgery now, but you may be in the future.
Stop wearing your contact lenses before LASIK surgery
If you wear contact lenses you need to stop and switch to wearing glasses before the procedure. Prolonged use of lenses alters the shape of your cornea. It can take several weeks for your cornea to return to its natural shape after you stop wearing contact lenses.
If you wear soft contact lenses, stop using them two weeks prior to your initial evaluation. For hard lenses, four weeks is needed.
Before LASIK surgery, measurements are taken to determine the amount of corneal tissue that will be removed. Not allowing your cornea to return to normal can lead to inaccurate measurements being taken. In this case, the procedure might be unsuccessful and leave you with poor vision.
No makeup, perfumes, or lotions
On the day of your surgery, it is important to avoid any makeup, perfumes, or lotions. All of these products can leave debris on your eyelashes. If any of this gets into your eye, you are at risk of infection both during and after the procedure.
Your eye specialist may require you to thoroughly clean your around your eyes and eyelashes in the period leading up to LASIK surgery. This will help to remove any debris or residue, limiting the risk of infection.
Arrange your transportation
Before LASIK surgery, please ensure you make arrangements for transport to and from your surgery. To help you relax for the procedure, you may be given some medicine by your doctor. This medicine may stay in your system for a period of time and may affect your ability to drive. You may also experience blurred vision in the first hours after the surgery, ask a relative or friend to drive you or arrange a taxi.
It is also advisable to arrange transportation to and from your first follow-up visit after surgery.
Book your free initial LASIK consultation with Dello Russo Laser Vision. Our skilled doctors will assess if you are suitable for surgery. They will also answer any questions you have and advise what you need to do before LASIK surgery.