Hundreds of thousands of Americans undergo refractive surgical procedures each year to correct a variety of vision problems like nearsightedness. If you are interested in correcting your vision, you may want to set an appointment at a vision center and inquire whether you are a good candidate for LASIK surgery.
After a thorough eye exam, your eye surgeon will determine whether you are eligible for LASIK surgery. If you are cleared for the procedure, it’s only natural that you want to do anything you can to make sure it goes smoothly. With that in mind, be sure to follow these quick tips:
Take Off Your Contact Lenses
If you wear contact lenses on a daily basis, it is important that you stop using your lenses several weeks prior to LASIK eye surgery. Contact lenses tend to reshape your corneas with continued use. This may negatively impact the results of the procedure 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.
Inform Your Doctor of Any Prescription Medication
In the event that you are taking any prescription medication, be sure to discuss your usage with your doctor. Certain prescription medication may interfere with the post-procedure healing process. An experienced doctor, such as Dr. Ferzaad Moosa, will tell you which ones you can continue taking and which ones you should stop taking prior to LASIK surgery.
Arrange a Ride Home from the Surgery
Talk to a family member or a close friend and ask them if they can drive you to and from your surgery. Although LASIK surgery is non-invasive by nature, you may find that your vision will stay blurry for a few hours after the procedure as your eyes adjust to the changes made. As you can imagine, this will leave you unable to drive yourself home. Make sure you ask someone you trust to accompany you and help you get home safely.
Skip Your Morning Beauty Ritual
On the day of the procedure, you’ll want to skip putting on make-up, perfume, lotion, and the like. These products may leave forms of debris in you eye, which may lead to infections after the procedure. Play it safe and skip your morning beauty rituals. You may also want to take a more cautious approach and use artificial tears to flush out any debris from your eyes the night before.
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