So you’re considering LASIK. It’s a great decision for vision correction. But that doesn’t mean you might not be a little nervous about the procedure.
In the weeks and days leading up to surgery, there isn’t that much you need to worry about. But there are a few things to avoid and a few things you can do to prepare.
Being prepared is a great way to reduce stress and be ready for the day of your procedure. Here are the big Do’s and Don’ts to keep in mind if you’re considering LASIK!
Do: Ask Your Doctor Questions
Never be afraid to ask your surgeon any questions you may have. If you’re unclear or worried about something, communicate your concerns.
A good surgeon will have all the answers you need and can walk you through exactly what to expect during LASIK. It’s also important to follow their instructions when it comes to preparing for surgery.
The same is true for your recovery after LASIK as well. Open communication can prevent stress and confusion before, during, and after LASIK surgery.
Do: Wash Your Face
On the day of your procedure, make sure your face is completely clean. This ensures that your surgeon will have a clean working space.
Your eyes and the area around them will be sanitized for surgery. Having a clean face lowers your risk of infection even further. It also makes the surgical team’s job easier.
Don’t: Put on Makeup, Perfume, or Lotion
While your face needs to be clean for surgery, don’t go through your usual skincare routine. Wash your face with soap and water and make sure it’s rinsed off.
Don’t use any lotions or perfumes. Also, be sure not to put on any makeup, and make sure that any remnants of makeup are completely washed away.
Don’t: Wear Contacts
Contacts subtly change the shape of your eye when worn regularly. Because of that, you should stop wearing them in the weeks leading up to LASIK.
Your surgeon will tell you exactly how long you should stop wearing contacts. If you wear hard contacts, stop wearing them four weeks before surgery.
For rigid or toric soft lenses, stop three weeks before. And for soft lenses, you only need to stop wearing them two weeks before LASIK.
Don’t: Drive Yourself
LASIK is an outpatient procedure, meaning you can go home the same day you have surgery. Your eyes will still be sensitive, making it unsafe to drive yourself home after LASIK.
You won’t be able to see as well as you normally would for at least a day or so following surgery. Make sure you get a ride to and from surgery.
LASIK surgery doesn’t take very long so your ride can likely wait in the lobby during your procedure. If they aren’t comfortable with that, they can drop you off and pick you up, whatever they prefer.
You can also use a rideshare app. Whatever you do, don’t drive yourself home!
Think a life free of contacts and glasses sounds too great to pass up? Schedule a LASIK consultation at New England Eye Center in Boston, MA to find out if you could be a good candidate!