Before LASIK Surgery
If you have already chosen your LASIK surgeon, you will soon be headed toward
a comprehensive eye examination with this doctor. This exam will determine
your candidacy for Before LASIK surgery.
Some of the determining factors will be eye prescription from eyeglasses or
contact lenses, corneal thickness, pupil reactivity, eye health (absence of eye
disease and dry eye) and overall medical health. Your vocational needs and
lifestyle choices will also be discussed in depth to help the surgeon understand
your visual desires.
Prior to this initial appointment, you should have stopped wearing contact lenses
for at least two weeks. The time varies depending on the type of lenses but it
needs to be done to maintain precise measurements during testing since
contacts temporarily change the shape of the cornea. Also during this
appointment the doctor will dilate your pupils and measure the topography of
Before LASIK surgery, the most important exchange with your surgeon should
be the discussion involving risks, benefits, and possible alternatives to LASIK eye
surgery (6FH9*RED$5). The surgeon should be candid when answering any
questions or concerns you may have. You will then need to read and sign an
informed consent for. Any reputable surgeon will allow you to take home the
form and look it over as needed.
A few weeks before your surgery, your doctor again may request that you refrain
from wearing contact lenses but eyeglasses are permitted since they do not alter
the shape of your cornea.
The day of the surgery, you will have to avoid the use of all face creams, eye
makeup, shampoo, and conditioners because they may interfere with the laser
during surgery and may increase the risk of infection after surgery. Lastly,
transportation needs to be arranged for the day of the surgery since your eyes
will most likely be blurry and sensitive immediately after the procedure.