Pre-operative LASIK Instructions

El Paso Pre-operative LASIK Instructions


Oct 23, 2014 @ 10:00 AM — by Paul S. Gulbas, M.D
Tagged with: Lasik | Eye Care |

A woman standing in front of a Snellen chartThe decision to undergo LASIK surgery can be life changing. The procedure can completely eliminate some patients’ need for glasses and contact lenses. This frees people from the daily task of inserting, removing, and cleaning their contact lenses. For those that wear glasses, they no longer have to worry about accidentally stepping or sitting on them, or spend time looking for misplaced lenses. But to experience the excellent results of LASIK, patients must properly prepare for surgery. In this blog post, Drs. Paul S. Gulbas and Mark J. Gallardo, of El Paso Eye Surgeons, provide an overview of pre-operative LASIK instructions.

LASIK Screening

If you are thinking about undergoing LASIK surgery, the first thing you should do is schedule a LASIK screening appointment at a reputable practice. During the evaluation, the doctor and his team will perform various tests to ensure that you are a good candidate for LASIK. Certain patients are not ideal candidates for LASIK because they may experience less than ideal results after surgery. These include patients with thin or damaged corneas, large pupils, and extremely high degrees of refractive error. By carefully screening patients prior to surgery, the surgeon can determine if LASIK is a good treatment option or if an alternative solution is better.

Stop Wearing Your Contact Lenses

Patients who wear contact lenses should stop wearing them for a period of time before surgery. The general guidelines for contact lenses are:

  • Soft lenses: Stop wearing lenses one week before surgery
  • Toric lenses: Stop wearing lenses two weeks before surgery
  • Rigid gas permeable lenses: Stop wearing lenses two to three weeks before surgery

Arrange Transportation

After LASIK surgery, your vision will be blurred due to the use of eye drops and the surgery. Because of this, patients will need to find a responsible adult who can accompany them to their appointment and drive them home.

What to Wear

Many patients have questions about what to wear on the day of surgery. For your comfort and safety, we recommend:

  • Wearing comfortable clothing, including a button-up shirt that does not need to be pulled over the head
  • Wearing glasses, as contact lenses are prohibited at this time
  • Not wearing perfume
  • Not wearing jewelry
  • Not wearing make-up or skin products on the face, and especially around the eyes

Eating the Day of Surgery

Prior to most surgical procedures, patients are advised to avoid eating and drinking anything after midnight the day of the procedure. However, this is not necessary with LASIK surgery. We advise patients to eat as they normally would on the day of the surgery. In fact, it is best if patients eat a light meal before their surgical appointment. The surgical appointment may take up to two hours, and after surgery, we recommend that patients take a nap. By eating prior to LASIK, patients can comfortably sleep for a few hours after surgery.

To find out if you are a good candidate for LASIK surgery, and get a full list of pre-operative LASIK instructions, contact El Paso Eye Surgeons today.