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June 05, 2024

By: Alexander Hatsis, MD

What you need to know about preparing for LASIK Surgery

Refractive surgery, commonly known as LASIK (Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis), is a popular procedure for correcting vision problems such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. If you’re considering LASIK surgery, it’s essential to understand how to prepare for the procedure to ensure the best possible outcome. Here’s what you need to know about preparing for LASIK surgery at SightMD.

Consultation and Evaluation

Before you can undergo LASIK, you’ll need a thorough evaluation by an eye surgeon to determine if you’re a suitable candidate. During this consultation, your eye history will be reviewed, and tests will be performed to assess the health of your eyes, corneal thickness, eye pressure, and refractive errors. It’s crucial to disclose any medications you’re taking and any eye or health conditions you have.

Medical History and Medications

Inform your eye surgeon about any medications you are currently taking, including over-the-counter drugs and supplements, as some medications can affect the healing process. Additionally, certain health conditions, such as autoimmune diseases or diabetes, may impact your suitability for the surgery or necessitate special precautions.

Pre-Operative Instructions

Following your surgeon’s pre-operative instructions is crucial for a successful LASIK procedure. These guidelines typically include:

Stop Wearing Contact Lenses

You will need to stop wearing contact lenses for a specified period before the surgery. Contacts can alter the shape of your cornea, which can affect the accuracy of pre-surgery measurements. Generally, soft contact lenses should be discontinued for at least two weeks, while rigid gas permeable lenses may need to be avoided for a longer period.

Arrange for Transportation

On the day of the surgery, you will not be able to drive yourself home, so make sure to arrange for someone to bring you to the clinic and take you back home afterward.

The Night Before Surgery

Proper preparation the night before your LASIK surgery can help minimize the risk of complications and ease your recovery.

No Makeup, Lotions, or Perfumes

Avoid wearing any makeup, creams, lotions, or perfumes on the day before and the day of your surgery. Particles from these products can increase the risk of infection and interfere with the laser’s ability to accurately reshape the cornea.

Get a Good Night’s Sleep

Rest well the night before your surgery. Being relaxed and well-rested can help reduce anxiety and promote a smoother recovery.

Day of Surgery

On the day of your LASIK surgery at SightMD, wear comfortable clothing and avoid wearing any accessories that might interfere with the procedure. Here’s what you can expect:

  1. Arrival and Preparation: Arrive at the office as instructed, usually about an hour before the procedure. The team will review your pre-surgery instructions, and you’ll sign consent forms.
  2. Numbing the Eyes: Numbing eye drops will be administered to ensure you don’t feel any discomfort during the procedure.
  3. The Procedure: The actual LASIK procedure is quick, typically taking around 15 minutes for both eyes. You’ll be asked to focus on a target light while the surgeon uses a laser to reshape your cornea.
  4. Post-Surgery Instructions: After the surgery, you will rest for a short period before being discharged. You’ll receive protective eye shields to wear and detailed post-operative care instructions, including the use of prescribed eye drops to prevent infection and inflammation.

Post-Operative Care Plan

Recovery after LASIK is relatively quick, but it’s crucial to follow the post-operative instructions carefully:

  1. Rest Your Eyes: Take it easy for the first 24 hours. Avoid strenuous activities and screen time to give your eyes a chance to heal.
  2. Avoid Water Exposure: Keep water out of your eyes for at least a week to prevent infection. This includes swimming pools, hot tubs, and even shower water.
  3. Attend Follow-Up Appointments: Regular follow-up appointments will be scheduled to monitor your healing process and ensure your eyes are recovering as expected.
  4. Report Any Issues: If you experience severe pain, vision loss, or any other concerning symptoms, contact SightMD immediately.

Long-Term Care

While many people achieve 20/20 vision or better after LASIK, it’s essential to continue caring for your eyes. Regular eye exams and protective eyewear during activities that risk eye injury are important to maintain your eye health and the benefits of your LASIK surgery.

Why Choose SightMD for LASIK?

At SightMD, we combine cutting-edge technology with a patient-centered approach. Our experienced surgeons are committed to providing personalized care and ensuring the best possible outcomes for your vision correction journey. From your initial consultation to your post-surgery follow-ups, we are with you every step of the way.

If you’re ready to take the next step towards clear vision, schedule a consultation with SightMD today.