Understanding What Steps to Take Before LASIK Surgery
Good planning and adherence to pre-operative guidelines can help your LASIK surgery go as smoothly as possible. Once you have come in for your free assessment and the doctors have approved you for surgery, you will receive detailed instructions to follow before LASIK surgery at one of our Toronto, ON-area locations. Compliance with these instructions will prove vitally important to the success of your procedure.
Make Sure You Understand Everything About the Surgery
In preparation for LASIK surgery, you should first make sure you understand the procedure completely. You will need to know the realistic expectations for patients in your demographic. For instance, patients over the age of 40 may still need to wear reading glasses after the surgery. You should also know the risks involved in LASIK surgery and make sure you find them acceptable. Research all alternatives to the surgery to verify that LASIK is the right choice for you.
In preparation for LASIK surgery, you should first make sure you understand the procedure completely. Research all alternatives to the surgery to verify that LASIK is the right choice for you.
Preparation in the Weeks Before Surgery
Patients who wear contact lenses will need to stop wearing them before surgery. The length of time you will need to go without contacts depends on the type of lenses you wear. For patients who wear soft contact lenses, the doctors recommend to stop wearing them at least two weeks before your surgery. This allows your corneas time to stabilize before the operation. Patients with rigid gas permeable contact lenses will need to stop wearing them a minimum of three to four weeks before surgery. These lenses cause significant changes to the cornea, which may require more time to stabilize.
Preparation in the Days Before Surgery
A few days before your surgery, you will need to make sure you have a responsible adult available to drive you home after your operation. While you will experience significantly better eyesight immediately after the surgery, you will need to wear eye shields or goggles for at least the first 24 hours after surgery, so you should not drive. If you come up with any questions for the doctor that you have not asked yet, write them down during this time.
In the days leading up to your surgery, you will need to keep the eyes and the area around them clean. Make sure you clean your eyelashes daily and keep them free of any debris. The night before your surgery, make sure you completely remove all traces of makeup or lotions around the eyes. Rinse your eyes with artificial tears to ensure that they are clear of debris from mascara and eyeliner.
The Day of Your Surgery
On the morning of your surgery, you will need to abstain from applying makeup, lotions, perfume, or cologne. Take any daily medications as normal, unless instructed to do otherwise by your doctor. Wear loose, comfortable clothes, and make sure you have a light breakfast or lunch before your surgery. If you start to feel nervous or anxious before your surgery, let someone know. The doctor may prescribe an anti-anxiety pill for you to help you relax for the procedure.
Reach Out to Our Practice
Understanding how to properly prepare for LASIK is an important consideration. To learn more and get started with a free LASIK assessment, contact our office today and we will be happy to assist you.