The days and weeks leading up to LASIK surgery are exciting and busy. Although you will receive detailed instructions from the Bochner Eye Institute team as you prepare for surgery, here are a few general guidelines to follow:
1. Stop Smoking
Smoking inhibits the immune system, impairing the body’s ability to heal after LASIK and increasing the risk of developing an infection during the recovery stage. Many smokers also have problems with dry eyes, which is a common yet temporary side effect of LASIK.
For these reasons, it is recommended you stop smoking at least three weeks prior to having LASIK and abstain for at least two weeks after the surgery.
2. Stop Wearing Contacts
Our team will advise you to stop wearing contact lenses and switch to glasses a few weeks prior to surgery. Wearing contact lenses can distort the shape of the cornea, which can affect the surgery and its results. Taking out the lenses stabilizes the corneas.
If you wear soft contact lenses, you may need to take them out about two weeks prior to surgery; rigid gas-permeable lenses need to be stopped about three to four weeks prior to surgery.
3. Prepare for Your Ride Home/Recovery
You will not be able to drive yourself home after surgery, so arrange for a ride ahead of time. Preferably, a friend or family member should assist you home and into a comfortable position where you can sleep or rest for the remainder of the day.
4. Explore Your Financing Options
Since LASIK is considered an elective procedure, insurance usually does not cover the cost. Some patients opt to use a LASIK financing plan to break up the cost of treatment into smaller monthly payments. Another option is to use tax-free funds from a Health Savings Account (HSA) to pay for LASIK.
5. Make Sure Your Eyes Are Clear of Debris
Prior to surgery, you will be advised by our team to remove makeup, creams and lotions from the area around the eyes. You might need to clean your eyelashes in the days leading up to surgery. Artificial tears may also be recommended to flush any debris from your eyes and make sure they are clean and ready for surgery.
Contact Bochner Eye Institute
If you have a question about one of the pre-operative instructions mentioned here or in your pre-op packet, the team at Bochner Eye Institute would be happy to clarify. Call 416-960-2020 today to speak with one of our staff.