Preparing for LASIK
During your pre-operative exam and consultation, you will receive detailed instructions to help you prepare for your LASIK procedure. Though surgeons each have their own specific instructions, here are some common guidelines:
Weeks Before Surgery
• Most LASIK surgeons will want you to stop wearing soft contacts two weeks before surgery to make sure your corneas are stable.
• Since rigid gas permeable (GP) lenses can cause more significant corneal changes, many surgeons will want you to stop wearing these lenses at least three to four weeks prior to surgery.
The Day Before Surgery
• The night before surgery, carefully remove all makeup, mascara, eyeliner and lotions from the area around the eyes. Use artificial tears to flush any debris from your eyes.
• Arrange to have someone drive you to the surgery center and back home after surgery. Though your eyesight will be significantly better immediately after LASIK, you should not drive until your surgeon checks your vision the day after surgery and confirms you are safe to drive.
• Write down any questions you still might have for your surgeon and bring them to the surgery center.
• Do not apply makeup or face lotions of any kind, and don't wear perfume or cologne.
• If you take medications, continue to do so on surgery day unless your LASIK surgeon says otherwise.
• If you feel anxious at the surgery center, mention this to the surgeon or the staff. The surgery center typically will have anti-anxiety medication on hand that you can take a few minutes before your procedure to help you be more relaxed and comfortable.
Be sure to read all materials your LASIK surgeon gives you in the weeks and days prior to surgery. If you have any questions, call the surgery center for clarification so you are well prepared and there are no surprises on surgery day.