If you’ve decided to have LASIK eye surgery, there are a few things you need to do to prepare for surgery. Planning for the operation will help to ensure that you are relaxed in the days leading up to LASIK surgery. So be sure to ask your ophthalmologist – What do I need to do to prepare for LASIK eye surgery.
What exactly is LASIK eye surgery?
LASIK eye surgery is a vision correction procedure in which a laser is used to correct refractive eye errors i.e. nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. During the outpatient LASIK procedure the cornea is reshaped in order to resolve vision errors.
What Do I need to do to prepare for Lasik eye surgery?
The eye area should be kept clean and free of makeup for 1-2 days before LASIK eye surgery. This is necessary, because any debris left on the eyelashes can increase the risk of infection during and after surgery.
Patients should also avoid using creams and lotions on the face, as they can also increase the risk of an infection.
In addition, patients that wear contact lenses will need to swap them out for glasses in the weeks ahead of LASIK surgery. Contact lenses can limit the flow of oxygen to the cornea, and this has the potential to cause corneal swelling, which can impact the accuracy of pre-op measurements.
Following these tips will ensure that eyelid surgery goes smoothly and you have a safe, comfortable experience.
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If you are in the Washington DC area, contact New View Eye Center, Reston, VA for a consultation.
You can reach them at www.newviewlasereye.com, or by calling (703) 834-9777.