LASIK eye surgery is an advanced procedure that corrects vision with safety, speed, and laser precision. Whether you’re nearsighted, farsighted, or have astigmatism, LASIK can offer you freedom from a life dependent on glasses or contacts; it’s truly life-changing.
Are you considering correcting your vision with LASIK eye surgery? You may be feeling a little daunted and understandably so. Preparing yourself mentally and physically for your procedure will help give you peace of mind, as well as ensure its success.
Read on for our top 24 tips to help you better prepare for and recover faster following LASIK eye surgery.
1. Stop wearing Contact Lenses
You’ll need to stop wearing soft contacts for at least 2-3 days before the evaluation and surgery. Contact lenses cause corneal swelling and can therefore reduce the accuracy of the surgery. Hard contact lenses make even bigger changes to the cornea, so should be avoided 10 days beforehand.
2. Avoid Alcohol
Avoid drinking alcohol 24 hours before surgery. You want to make sure you arrive at your appointment feeling refreshed and sober. Also, alcohol dries out the eyes, which might cause your recovery to be uncomfortable.
3. Avoid Caffeine
Like alcohol, caffeine dries out the eyes and disrupts recovery after surgery. It may also stimulate you too much when you should be resting. Stick to water for at least 24 hours before your procedure. Staying hydrated helps with a quicker recovery.
4. Don’t wear Makeup
Your eyes and surrounding face need to be completely clean and free of makeup for the procedure. Thoroughly remove your makeup the night before — that includes mascara, eyeliner, eyeshadow, as well as any face creams, gels, or perfumes.
5. Arrange Transport
Get your friend or family (or book a taxi) to drive you from the clinic to home as it is common to experience some blurriness and light sensitivity after the surgery.
6. Book Time off Work
You’ll be given 5 days of MC, which we strongly advise you to make full use of. So, do plan your time off when thinking of doing LASIK.
7. Keep your Eyes Clean
Make sure to wash the area surrounding your eyes daily with a mild, non-irritating cleanser – for at least a few days prior to the procedure.
8. Discuss your Medication
Inform your surgeon about any medication you take, including over-the-counter drugs. Most likely, you’ll be able to continue with them as usual. You should also clarify any medications you may be allergic to.
9. Write down Questions
It’s important to take the time to read through all the information you’ve been provided, before your surgery. However, you may find that you still have some questions. Be sure to write them down and bring them with you to ask at your appointment.
10. Dress Comfortably
Opt for casual, comfy clothing. Avoid anything tight and bulky. Don’t wear wool or material that collects lint, as the small fibers may inhibit the laser.
11. Eat Beforehand
You can eat as normal during the run-up to your procedure. It’s important to have a light meal or substantial snack before you leave for surgery to stabilize your blood sugar and stave off hunger. Nourishing your body with nutritious foods will aid your recovery.
12. Arrive Early
Arriving at your appointment in good time will allow you to fill out any paperwork as needed without rushing (and also save yourself from stressing about being late).
You may be feeling nervous before your surgery which is completely normal. At a reliable eye surgery clinic, however, you can relax knowing you’re in safe hands. A caring team will put you at ease and address concerns you may have.
14. Follow your Surgeon’s Instructions
Your surgeon will talk you through what you should and shouldn’t do during recovery. Make sure to always follow their advice. When in doubt, make a phone call to clarify anything you’re not sure on. We’re happy to answer your questions and do all we can to help you recover comfortably.
15. Don’t Rub your Eyes
During surgery, a flap is cut on the surface of the eye which now must be allowed to heal.
If you prefer an advanced vision corrective procedure that’s faster, simpler and safer than regular cut-and-flap LASIK, consider Safe Sight TransPRK. This is also suitable for those with high myopia and thin corneas.
Rubbing your eyes will disrupt the healing process and possibly harm your vision, so be mindful of this during your after-care (regardless of the type of LASIK procedure you undergo).
16. Use Eye Drops
Keep your eyes lubricated after surgery with the eye drops provided.
17. Wear Goggles
UV protection sunglasses will be provided after the surgery, which you will have to wear whenever you are outdoor for at least the first 2-3 months of your surgery. This is to protect your eyes from the harmful UV ray and to prevent cornea scarring.
18. Get Plenty of Rest
You’ll need to rest your body once you return home from the surgery. Take it easy around the house — this is the perfect excuse to relax on the sofa with your feet up — and go to bed early. Sleep allows your body to repair from within, so getting enough is essential.
19. Don’t Drive
Avoid driving for at least 24 hours after your surgery. You’ll have a follow-up appointment the next day where your vision will be checked and you’ll be informed if you’re ready to drive or not.
20. No Eye Makeup
Avoid eye makeup for at least two weeks following your surgery. Doing so may cause chemicals to enter your eye and complicate recovery or even might cause infection. You can apply makeup to the rest of your face, but avoid your eyes and the surrounding area.
21. Avoid Exercise
Avoid high-impact sport for at least 2 weeks after your surgery. You can resume light exercise such as slow jog five days after surgery.
22. Avoid Swimming
Don’t swim for at least three weeks following the procedure.
23. Have Patience
Although your eyes begin to heal right away, your vision will fluctuate and sometimes blur for weeks, or even months, after surgery. Don’t worry, as this is normal and will pass.
24. Contact your Surgeon
If you follow the advice of your surgeon, your recovery should be smooth. However, if you experience unusual or concerning symptoms, contact your surgeon ASAP.
Following our top 24 tips for LASIK surgery preparation and recovery is crucial for smooth and successful treatment. We’re dedicated to providing you with the safe and comfortable eye-correction surgery experience you deserve.