What to do before LASIK
It’s only natural to have questions going into a medical procedure, but being prepared with the right knowledge beforehand can really help calm your nerves. The surgeons at LASIK MD have collectively performed more than 750,000 procedures, unmatched by any other clinic in Canada, so you know you’re in good hands. As you prepare for your laser vision correction, read our step-by-step guide of what to expect before LASIK.
Come in for a free pre-operative consultation. This is a comprehensive examination that all potential patients must go through before LASIK to determine if you are a good candidate for laser vision correction and which type of procedure is best for you. When you schedule your consultation, you will be given clear instructions to follow leading up to the appointment. These include filling out some medical forms and not wearing contact lenses for a certain period prior to the consultation. The length of this period varies based on the type of lenses, so be sure to call to schedule your appointment well in advance.
The consultation itself lasts approximately two hours, as the team at LASIK MD strives to be as thorough as possible in examining your eyes before LASIK. Your pupils may be dilated during your visit, which will result in a sensitivity to light and possible blurred vision for several hours. Bring sunglasses to your consultation for comfort after dilation. The medication used for this is not recommended for pregnant women, so it is important to mention if you are pregnant when scheduling your appointment. During the consultation, you will be provided with instructions for what to do leading up to your procedure.
How to Prepare Before LASIK
Be sure to follow the instructions given to you during your consultation. Before undergoing your LASIK procedure, you will have to refrain from wearing contacts again. On the day of your appointment, avoid using products with heavy fragrances and that contain alcohol, such as hair spray, perfume, and aftershave. You can eat whatever you like, but it is recommended that you steer clear of alcohol for the day, as it will dehydrate tissue and delay the healing process. You should take your medications as usual, but be sure to inform the doctors of what you are taking. Plan to have blurry vision and be sensitive to light for up to 24 hours. Wait at least that long to drive and at least three days to drive long distances.
It is perfectly normal to feel anxious before LASIK. If desired, you can take a mild sedative to calm your nerves on the day of your procedure. Be excited about your upcoming procedure. Remember, when you wake up the next day you will notice dramatically improved vision without glasses or contacts!