LASIK Pre-operative Instructions: Setting the Stage for a Smooth Procedure 

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It is important to follow the pre-operative instructions provided by your surgeon to ensure that your LASIK procedure goes smoothly and delivers the results you deserve. Drs. Peter Broberg, Halsey SettleWilliam McGlathery, and Ximena de Sabra at Broberg Eye Care review the important steps patients need to take in the weeks and days prior to their LASIK surgery. With years of experience, you can expect service that is based heavily on patient education and communication, so you will feel comfortable with all aspects of your procedure. To learn more about LASIK pre-operative instructions, contact our Austin, TX, practice today and set up your appointment.

Getting Ready for Your Surgery

Prior to your surgery, you will be evaluated by one of our surgeons to ensure that LASIK is right for you. You should tell your doctor about past and current medical and eye conditions. You should also provide the name of any medications that you are allergic to or are currently taking. During your consultation, your surgeon will also take the time to review the procedure and its expected outcomes, as well as answer any questions that you may have. 

Contact Lens Use

Contact lenses can effect the shape of the cornea, even weeks after you have stopped wearing them. For this reason, it is important that patients stop using their contact lenses for an adequate amount of time prior to surgery. A failure to do so can compromise your post-operative results and mean that you do not achieve optimal visual acuity. Your surgeon will provide you with an exact duration after evaluating your unique needs, but recommendations generally outline:

  • Soft contact lenses – Stop use at least two weeks prior to surgery
  • Toric soft lenses or rigid gas permeable (RGP) lenses – Stop use at least three weeks prior to surgery
  • Hard lenses – Stop use at least one month prior to surgery

Arranging Transportation

Patients should also prepare for surgery by arranging transportation to and from our practice on the day of your procedure. After surgery your vision may be temporarily blurry, making driving difficult and dangerous. The use of sedatives can also effect your ability to drive. As such, patients should plan on having a family member or friend get them home safely.

24 Hours Before Your Procedure

In the 24 hours leading up to your LASIK procedure, you should stop using:

  • Lotions
  • Creams
  • Makeup
  • Perfume

The reason you will need to stop using these products is that any debris left on the face or along the eyelashes can increase the risk of infection. Your doctor may also ask that you scrub your eyelashes for a set period of time before your appointment to remove any build-up along the lashes. Lastly, your eyes will be cleansed in a very specific way just prior to your procedure to minimize the risk of infection.

Contact Us Today

Pre-operative LASIK instructions are generally straightforward and easy to follow. The professionals at Broberg Eye Care are here to answer additional questions you have about pre-operative care, or any other concerns you may have about your LASIK procedure. Schedule a consultation with us today to learn how our expertise can make your LASIK experience as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.

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