Preparing for LASIK
Preparing for any
type of surgery is an unenviable and tedious process. You must make sure you have
everything ready and your body in tip-top shape. While preparing for LASIK
eye surgery may not be quite as difficult, there are some things you
need to prepare for before LASIK.
You definitely need
to stop wearing your contact lenses in the weeks leading up to your
consultation before LASIK.
Since the surgery is dependent on the shape and measurement
of your cornea you must let it regain its shape. Lenses sometimes reshape the
cornea themselves, causing problems with LASIK. Here are some FDA
recommendations based on your contact lenses:
Soft contact lenses should be removed and not
worn for at least two weeks prior to your LASIK evaluation.
Rigid gas permeable lenses should be removed
and not worn for at least three weeks prior to LASIK evaluation.
Hard lenses should be removed and not worn for
at least four weeks prior to LASIK evaluation.
When you meet the
doctor to discuss LASIK eye surgery you should let him know a few
things about yourself.
Let the doctor know about any past or present medical and eye
conditions as well as all medications you are taking or are allergic
to. It is important
that you disclose all of this to your doctor before deciding if
LASIK is right for you.
disclosed this personal information to the doctor, you should then
discuss if you are a good candidate for LASIK surgery. Let him explain to you the
risks, benefits, and alternatives of the surgery as well as what you
can expect from beginning to end.
You should stop using
any lotions, perfumes, or creams the day before the surgery as well
as any makeup that may cause debris to get in the eye. The doctor may even request
that you scrub and wash out your eyes for a good time before LASIK
surgery to prevent the chance of any type of infection.
Finally, you should
definitely arrange with a loved one for transportation to and from
the LASIK surgery.
Before LASIK surgery some doctors will arrange for you to
take some medicine to help you relax that could impair your vision
and reaction time.
After LASIK surgery you may need
a few days to recover your vision, hence the need to arrange for a