before lasik eye surgery

Before Lasik eye surgery

If you decide to go ahead with LASIK surgery, you will need an initial or baseline evaluation by your eye doctor to determine if you are a good candidate. This is what you need to know to prepare for the exam and what you should expect:

If you wear contact lenses, it is a good idea to stop wearing them before your baseline evaluation and switch to wearing your glasses full-time. Contact lenses change the shape of your cornea for up to several weeks after you have stopped using them depending on the type of contact lenses you wear. Not leaving your contact lenses out long enough for your cornea to assume its natural shape before surgery can have negative consequences. These consequences include inaccurate measurements and a poor surgical plan, resulting in poor vision after surgery. These measurements, which determine how much corneal tissue to remove, may need to be repeated at least a week after your initial evaluation and before surgery to make sure they have not changed, especially if you wear RGP or hard lenses.  If you wear:

. Soft contact lenses, you should stop wearing them for 2 weeks before your initial evaluation.

. Toric soft lenses or rigid gas permeable (RGP) lenses, you should stop wearing them for at least 3 weeks before your initial evaluation.

. Hard lenses, you should stop wearing them for at least 4 weeks before your initial evaluation.

You should tell your doctor:

. About your past and present medical and eye conditions

. About all the medications you are taking, including over-the-counter medications and any medications you may be allergic to
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Your doctor should perform a thorough eye exam and discuss:

. Whether you are a good candidate for Lasik

. What the risks, benefits, and alternatives of the surgery are

. What you should expect before, during, and after surgery

. What your responsibilities will be before, during, and after surgery

You should have the opportunity to ask your doctor questions during this discussion.  Give yourself plenty of time to think about the risk/benefit discussion, to review any informational literature provided by your doctor, and to have any additional questions answered by your doctor before deciding to go through with surgery and before signing the informed consent form.

You should not feel pressured by your doctor, family, friends, or anyone else to make a decision about having surgery. Carefully consider the pros and cons.

The day before surgery, you should stop using:

. Creams

. Lotions

. Makeup

. Perfumes

These products as well as debris along the eyelashes may increase the risk of infection during and after surgery. Your doctor may ask you to scrub your eyelashes for a period of time before surgery to get rid of residues and debris along the lashes.

Also before surgery, arrange for transportation to and from your surgery and your first follow-up visit. On the day of surgery, your doctor may give you some medicine to make you relax. Because this medicine impairs your ability to drive and because your vision may be blurry, even if you don't drive make sure someone can bring you home after surgery.

10 common Questions about before lasik eye surgery

1Can you eat before laser eye surgery?
BEFORE THE LASIK PROCEDURE On the day of your LASIK eye surgery in Denver, there are no restrictions on what you can eat, drink, or which medications you can take (however it is important to disclose all medications to ICON). You are encouraged to eat prior to arriving for your procedure.
2How do you prepare for laser eye surgery?
How to prepare for laser eye surgery Ensure you are a suitable candidate for laser eye surgery. ... Make sure your doctor is aware of your medical history. ... Stop wearing eye makeup. ... Switch from contact lenses to glasses. ... No creams, perfumes or lotions. ... Organise a carer. ... Wear something comfortable on the day. ... Download podcasts or reading books.
3Who is eligible for laser eye surgery?
The qualifications of a good candidate for refractive or laser eye surgery generally include: At least 18 years of age. Stable eyeglass and contact lense prescription for at least 2 to 3 years. Stable vision over at least the past year. No history or findings of active corneal disease.
4What happens if you blink during laser eye surgery?
This is a common concern, but rest assured that blinking and moving during LASIK surgery usually is not a problem. ... Also, a small device will hold your eyelids open during the procedure so you can't accidentally blink and your eyelids cannot interfere with any step of the surgery.
5Can I watch TV after Lasik?
Since your eyes are still healing, they will be especially sensitive in the first 24 hours after the LASIK procedure. So it's recommended to wait at least 24 hours before watching TV again. Watching TV immediately after the procedure can cause your eyes to strain, and that will negatively affect the healing process.
6Can I drink before Lasik surgery?
Drinking before laser eye surgery Although there are no official guidelines on how much you can drink the day or night before laser eye surgery, it is generally advised that you refrain from any alcohol, or at the very least keep it to a minimum.
7What can you not do after Lasik surgery?
Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes for at least the first week after LASIK surgery. Read in moderation for the first few days after your LASIK procedure. Do not wear eye makeup for one week. Do not rub your eyes for one month after you have LASIK.
8How long do you have to wear glasses before Lasik?
two weeks But generally, most surgeons say you should stop wearing soft contact lenses at least two weeks prior to surgery.
9How long does it take to recover from Lasik?
Depending on the skill of your LASIK surgeon and the type of refractive procedure performed, acquiring good vision may take between two and seven days. However, full recovery from LASIK surgery may take at least six months.
10What are the disadvantages of laser eye surgery?
Risks of LASIK include: Dry eyes. LASIK surgery causes a temporary decrease in tear production. ... Glare, halos and double vision. After surgery you may have difficulty seeing at night. ... Undercorrections. ... Overcorrections. ... Astigmatism. ... Flap problems. ... Vision loss or changes.


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