Pre-Op Care Before A Lasik Surgery

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It was once fun to go to the eye doctor and pick out those cute frames each year. However, the plastic ones always seem to slide down your nose. Then, metal ones seem to fog up when you cook or the weather is cold.

Do you have a problem sticking something in your eye or are your eyes extremely dry? Well, contacts aren’t really cool unless they are colored anyway.

Gosh, it sure would be nice to see clearly without the trouble of glasses or contacts. Other drivers on the road would probably appreciate it if you could see clearly too, especially when you’re driving.

Have you considered doing away with glasses and contacts? Maybe lasik surgery is for you. Make an appointment with your eye doctor for a referral to a Lasik Clinic or an ophthalmologist who performs the surgery.

Before Your Exam

If you wear contacts, you should stop wearing hard lenses about a month before your exam. Soft contacts can be worn up until two weeks before the exam. The reason for this is that contact lenses change the shape of your cornea for up to several weeks after you stop wearing them. The doctor will need to take measurements of how much corneal tissue to remove and if it’s not accurate, the results could be poor vision even after surgery.

You should do thorough research on the surgery before ever considering it. There is no 100% guarantee that the surgery will work for you, but it sure will be worth it, if it does. About 80% of people are good candidates for the surgery.

If you had to get stronger glasses the past couple times, you should wait a couple years before having the surgery. Also, if you’ve had any corneal conditions, extreme dry eyes or certain autoimmune diseases, you may want to avoid the surgery completely.

At Your Exam

Discuss any past or present medical conditions and surgeries that you’ve had. Give the doctor a list of all medications that you take, even over the counter meds. Definitely let the surgeon know of any medications that you might be allergic to.

The doctor will do extensive testing to determine if the surgery will safely improve your vision.

2 Methods Lasik Surgery

  • Flap – The surgeon will cut a flap in the cornea with a laser and reshape the mid cornea before folding back the flap, it heals almost immediately. You can expect blurred vision and soreness for a few days. Flap has the fastest healing time, but has the most complications due to wrinkles, tears and infection.
  • Flapless – There’s no cut. The surgeon will remove a microscopic, clear layer of the epithelial to laser to cornea directly. Flapless has less complications, but requires longer healing time.

Depending on your vision needs, the surgeon could suggest flap for one eye and flapless for the other. Remember, millions have chosen laser vision correction and enjoys their improved vision.

Get A Driver

Prepare for someone to drive you home after the surgery. Your vision will probably be blurry and the effects of the medicine used during the procedure can still be felt.

Take Time Off From Work

It should only take a few days to recover from the surgery. However, it’s extremely important to get the rest you need for your eyes.

NO Makeup

You should stop wearing makeup a few days before surgery. Perfumes and lotions should be stopped as well. These items could get into your eyes during surgery and would cause infection.

Eat

You should eat healthy for several days before surgery. Eat a light meal the morning of surgery.

Clothing

Take special consideration when choosing your clothing for surgery. Of course you should dress comfortably, but be careful that your clothes don’t interfere with the way your head is positioned. Also, watch for anything that could possibly come off your clothes, like fuzzies. Nothing needs to come off your clothing and get to your eyes, you don’t want infection.

Bring Sunglasses

It is recommended that you wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sunshine.

Conclusion

It’s quite normal to feel anxious on the morning of surgery, but the procedure is quite safe and has a high success rate. Take slow, deep breaths and relax.

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