Before LASIK Eye Surgery
Lasik eye surgery is often portrayed as a very simple procedure where you are
in and out of the office in about an hour. While that is true in many cases, it is important to understand what all
goes on before the Lasik surgery procedure even takes place. Understanding this part of it will help ensure you get
quality care. It can also help to relieve anxiety as many people stress over what they don’t know.
If you are considering Lasik then you likely already have a regular eye doctor
that you see. They do your annual exams and help you get the glasses or contact lenses you are happy with. Let them
know you are interested in the procedure. They can tell you if they think you may be a good candidate for it or not
based upon your eyesight concerns.
For those who wear contacts, you will need to go without them for a few weeks
prior to the consultation. This is because the cornea will be a different shape when you wear them. In order for
your doctor to give you the most accurate assessment they need to see the cornea in the original shape. It allows
for the right evaluation and course of action to be planned out should the surgery be something you move forward
If you want to pursue the situation further then you should schedule at least
two consultations at different locations. These are free of charge and a way for the doctor to get to know you and
your situation. You will spend time filling out an assessment about many things. Be honest so that they information
offers a true reflection of what is going on.
You will also get a complete eye exam. All of this information will be combined
in order to determine if Lasik eye surgery is a good option for you or not. Keep in mind that not everyone is an
ideal candidate for the procedure. At the consultation you will find out how the doctor feels about your case. This
is why it is important to get at least two opinions on the subject.
During this consultation you should get an informational packet you can take
home and review. The doctor should go over the cost, payment options, what you can expect in the way of results,
how to prepare for the surgery, what will be taking place during it, and the recovery process. You will also be
allowed to ask any questions you may have about any of it.
Once you schedule your surgery you need to work your normal schedule around it.
Make sure you have at least two reliable people that can give you rides to and from your appointments. Make sure
you have everything you need at home so you can rest and let your eyes recover properly. Let your employer know you
will need a couple of days of work as well.
You will need to make a commitment to keeping your eyes as clean as possible
before the surgery. This includes not using any make up, location, or other products on your face around your eyes.
Doing so will significantly increase your risk of an infection developing after the surgery has been performed. The
doctor is counting on you to do your part to reduce such risks.
It is your responsibility to find out all you can about Lasik before it takes
place. If you don’t’ feel like you have all the information then don’t be in a rush to complete the procedure. If
you don’t like what the doctor has to say or to offer you then don’t let them talk you into it. You need to be
fully aware of what to expect before Lasik eye surgery. Only then can you make well informed decisions about what
is right for you.