LASIK stands for Laser in Situ Keratomileusis, which means using a laser to reshape the cornea. This procedure uses a highly specialized laser to treat refractive errors, improve vision and reduce or eliminate the need for glasses or contact lenses.
While a successful LASIK surgery takes less than 30 mins, the do’s and don’ts when prepping for the procedure are equally important in order to ensure things run smoothly leading up to the surgery. Taking extreme care beforehand also helps your eye heal faster post-surgery. So we took the help of some of the best eye specialists in Dubai to gather the most useful pre-surgery tips when opting for LASIK.
Although before your laser eye surgery appointment your eye surgeon will help you with what you can expect during recovery, it is also important that you follow these pre-surgery tips to increase the success of your procedure.
Before you dive into a LASIK surgery, your doctor should perform a thorough eye exam to determine if you’re eligible for it. They will also inform you about the risks, benefits, and alternatives to the surgery. In addition, they will guide you with what to expect before, during and after surgery, and your responsibilities as a patient. You can also use this opportunity to discuss any issues or fears you might have about the surgery.
Although it’s always a good practice to hydrate before any procedure unless otherwise instructed, with LASIK, upping your water intake will help keep you hydrated and promote the healing process after your procedure. Since a common side effect of LASIK eye surgery is a temporary dry eye, drinking more water is a simple way to help keep your eyes lubricated. Aim to consume at least 8-10 glasses of water per day and especially before your surgery. If you’re unsure about your water intake prior to your LASIK procedure, feel free to consult an eye specialist.
Established eye clinics will provide you with a consent form prior to your surgery. Ensure you read through it and ask your team all the relevant information about the risks, benefits, and safety involved in the procedure. Write down any questions you might have for your surgeon and bring them to the surgery center. This is also a good time to learn about your limitations when it comes to the procedure. LASIK eye surgery does not guarantee a perfect vision all the time. While LASIK is considered safe and guarantees a long-lasting solution for patients with nearsightedness and astigmatism, the outcome mostly depends on the severity of the condition. While most patients end up with 20/20 vision after the procedure, there are cases where you may still need reading glasses as you get older. In some cases, you may also need refinement.
It is advised to stop wearing your contacts a few weeks prior to surgery. You want to ensure your cornea is as unaffected as possible, and contact lenses tend to reshape your corneas with continued use. This may negatively impact the results of the procedure with side effects such as poor vision. A few weeks of not wearing your contact lenses should be enough time for your corneas to assume their natural shape. So switch to glasses for a while before surgery. It is advised to discontinue contact lens use for at least one week for soft contacts and about a month for hard contacts. You can also consult with your doctor about when to stop wearing contacts. Based on an evaluation of your eyes, your eye specialist will let you know exactly how long before your procedure you need to discontinue using your contact lens.
A day prior and the day of your surgery, skip applying any kind of makeup on or around your eyes. This also includes not using perfume, scented lotions and the like since these may leave forms of debris in your eye, increasing the possibility of infections after the procedure. Don’t put on any hand or face lotions, as this can make your skin greasy. You’ll want to go into your LASIK procedure clean and ready, and wearing greasy lotions can get in your eyes. You can also go a step further and use artificial tears to flush out any debris from your eyes the night before.
Since you will be awake during your surgery, it is important to be comfortable. So ensure you wear something that doesn’t irritate you during surgery and also post-surgery. Once you get home, the first thing you will end up doing is sleeping, hence it is advised to wear something that you can easily get in and out of. Also, it is best to avoid any clothes that may produce lint. This means no faux fur or wearing any kind of clothing that may shed. This is key because it helps keep contaminants away from your eye area.
Since certain medications may interfere with the post-procedure healing process, it is imperative to inform your doctor in the event that you are taking any prescription medication. Experienced doctors will tell you which ones you can continue taking and which ones you should stop taking prior to your LASIK surgery. However, if you feel anxious at the surgery center, mention this to the surgeon or the staff. The surgery center will typically have anti-anxiety medication on hand that you can take a few minutes before your procedure to help you feel more relaxed and comfortable.
Although LASIK surgery is primarily non-invasive by nature, your vision will stay blurry for a few hours after the procedure as your eyes adjust to the changes made. Ensure you’re accompanied by someone trustworthy to help get you home safely.
LASIK is a pretty simple procedure and patients have shown positive results immediately after the surgery. The post healing process is also fairly simple and quick. However, it’s always good practice to know what you’re getting into and prep in advance. To learn more about LASIK, get in touch with the eye specialists at Spanish Eye Clinic today.