Laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis, shortened to LASIK, is a type of refractive surgery that corrects vision so you no longer need glasses or contact lenses. Millions of people have had LASIK eye surgery and are very happy with the results. The technique involves creating a flap in the cornea so that it can be reshaped for better vision. To prepare for your surgery, you should take a few simple steps that will help to ensure the success of your procedure.
Your eye surgeon will recommend that you start wearing your soft contact lenses about two weeks before you are scheduled for surgery. If you wear rigid gas-permeable lenses, you will be advised to stop wearing them three to four weeks before surgery. Wearing contact lenses changes the shape of the cornea, so avoiding the use of them for a few weeks will allow your corneas to stabilize.
Patients are advised not to drive until after the surgeon has checked your eyes the day after surgery. Arrange for a friend or family member to drive you home after surgery and to your follow-up visit.
Your surgeon will provide instructions on how to prepare for surgery and what you should do after surgery to ensure proper healing. These instructions may include recommendations about medications you are taking, sleep position or other concerns. If you’re not sure how you should be preparing, contact a professional like Dr Robt. L Evans for advice.
On the day of surgery, remove all make-up and wash off any lotions or creams you usually use. This action will ensure a sterile field during your surgery. You can flush debris from your eyes with artificial tears from your local pharmacy.
If you have any remaining questions about your surgery, write them down. You may be a little anxious and excited the day of surgery and are likely to forget what you intended to ask. Writing it down will ensure that you have all the information you need to be ready for the procedure.
Any surgery can make people anxious. Your doctor may provide medication to help you relax before the procedure. Recovery after LASIK surgery is generally simple and without complications. If you follow your doctor’s instructions carefully both before and after surgery, you will have a successful procedure and be ready to enjoy clear vision without the need for glasses or contact lenses.