Are you planning to have LASIK? In addition to choosing the most skilled, experienced doctor, there are steps you should take to help ensure that you get the best possible outcome.
Here are the top three things to do before and after you undergo LASIK.
Before Your LASIK Procedure, You Must…
- Have a full eye exam with a LASIK provider. When you decide to investigate the procedure, you need to meet with a LASIK provider for a complete exam and consultation. This will include a set of eye tests and measurements, and it will also encompass a full patient history and a discussion about the surgery. While some of the eye tests and equipment will seem familiar, others are unique to LASIK providers. Your doctor will want to know everything possible about your eyes and about your goals for the procedure before planning to perform LASIK. You should also ask any questions you have about LASIK and the provider. This ensures that care is optimized for your individual needs, and that you feel completely comfortable with your surgeon and the procedure.
- Stop wearing contacts and using eye products.You will be requested to stop wearing contact lenses. Contact lenses change the shape of your cornea, so removal of these lenses prior to your procedure is necessary for accurate results. The amount of time for the removal depends on the type of contact lenses. On the day of the procedure, using eye makeup and applying creams and lotions near the eye area should be avoided. Your doctor will advise you on the exact timing for each.
- Expect a call from your doctor. Don’t worry, nothing’s wrong! Your LASIK provider will often give you a call a day or two before the procedure to make sure that you’re feeling healthy and calm, and to answer any last-minute questions.
After Your LASIK Procedure, You Must…
- Rest up! LASIK is a surgery, and even though the area affected is a small one, your body will still want to rest and recover. Consider taking a day or two off to give it every chance. Additionally, be careful not to touch or rub your eyes. You can use preservative-free natural tears to help you with any scratchiness or dryness.
- Be diligent about postoperative care. In addition to taking it easy for a day or two, there will be other recommendations that your doctor will share with you. Be sure to not only avoid what you’re asked to (such as swimming and playing sports for a short time) but also that you do everything your doctor recommends — such as using the prescribed eyedrops that prevent infection and speed healing.
- Check in with your doctor. You’ll probably get a call checking in on you, and you’ll definitely visit your doctor one to two days after your surgery. Your doctor will examine your eyes and check your vision. While you’re talking, double-check that you understand the guidance and limitations that are recommended to you (as mentioned above).
Your doctor and his staff will make sure that your questions are answered, and that you’re doing exactly what you need to do to prepare for and recover from the procedure.