LASIK Surgery is a modern-day miracle for many people suffering from impaired vision. Preparing for LASIK surgery can help ensure that your experience is comfortable, your surgery is successful, and your recovery goes smoothly.
Plan Well in Advance
- Call your insurance company – Check to see what, if anything, your medical insurance will cover. Most insurers consider LASIK surgery to be elective. Therefore, be prepared to have to pay for yours out-of-pocket.
- Check your doctor’s contact lens policy – If you wear contacts, your doctor will want you to refrain from wearing them for some time before your surgical evaluation and through your recovery.
- Book a sitter – You will need to remain very still during your surgery. For your own comfort or safety, leave small children at home.
- Arrange a ride – You won’t be able to see to drive home, so be sure you have a friend or an Uber. Your doctor may recommend that you refrain from driving for 3 to 7 days after your surgery.
- Take time off – Depending on what your job entails, your doctor may recommend you stay home for a while. Make sure you arrange your time off in advance.
- Make follow-up appointments – You will need to be checked at one, two, and four weeks after surgery. Make appointments well before your surgery date.
Twenty-four Hours Ahead
- Shower – Before your surgery, you should refrain from using any products that contain alcohol or that have strong scents (like lotions, perfumes, or mousse, or essential oils). It’s best to wash them all off and go in for your surgery squeaky clean.
- Skip the makeup – Don’t wear any makeup for at least 24 hours before your surgery, especially eye makeup.
- Plan your outfit – Dress comfortably and in light layers. Avoid materials that might shed or create lint, like wool or fur. Avoid any hair accessories that might cause you to move your head around during surgery.
The Day Of
- Skip the drinks – Do not drink any alcohol the day of your surgery, as it tends to dehydrate tissues.
- Don’t smoke – Smoking the day of your surgery could cause undue irritation and discomfort.
- Have breakfast – Eat a light meal, hydrate, and take your medications as usual.
- Take a deep breath – Relax! Breathe and look forward to your improved vision!