Your help in obtaining the best possible results from your LASIK surgery is critical, and starts long before the day of your surgery. Here’s how:
Depending on how long you have worn contacts, we will ask you to stop wearing your lenses. We may need to recheck your refraction and corneal curvature measurements again during the time to ensure that everything is stable and the surface of the eye is optimal. Generally, soft lenses are stopped a week for every decade of wear, perhaps longer if you have worn them overnight.
If your ocular surface needs to recover from allergy, blepharitis, contact lens overwear you may be asked to start medications in the weeks before your surgery.
If you’re wearing gas permeable (GP) lenses, you will be asked to stop wearing these about 3-4 weeks before surgery. These particular lenses can mold the cornea more than soft contacts, and require rechecks for corneal stability.
You will be asked to start eye drops the day before surgery. These usually consist ofan antibiotic drop and an anti-inflammatory drop. Taking these medications before surgery aids comfort and healing in the post period.
The night before surgery, you will be asked to remove all makeup, including mascara and eyeliner, lotions, and any other skin care products. It may be best to refrain from using a whole day before surgery to ensure there is no debris near the eye.
You may be asked to clean your eyelashes to remove debris. Ocusoft Plus wipes are a great way to clean eyelashes, and are also a disinfectant. They are available over the counter in most pharmacies.
Arrange for a ride to surgery and a ride home. Your vision will be blurred just after surgery, and you may be feeling the effects of mild sedation, if you chose to have it for your surgery. Your ophthalmologist will discuss with you the day of surgery when it is safe for your drive.
Have clean hair and face. Do not wear makeup, lotion, or any other skin care product to surgery.
Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. The laser room is kept cool, so a light sweater or sweatshirt is fine. Avoid hoodies, as they bunch up under your head.
Bring a pair of sunglasses, if you have some that are nonprescription.
Continue to take usual medications unless your ophthalmologist says otherwise.