Before Laser Eye Surgery
If you decide to go ahead with LASIK surgery, you will need an initial or baseline evaluation by your eye doctor to determine if you are a good candidate. This is what you need to know to prepare for the exam and what you should expect:
If you wear contact lenses, it is a good idea to stop wearing them before your baseline evaluation and switch to wearing your glasses full-time. Contact lenses change the shape of your cornea for up to several weeks after you have stopped using them depending on the type of contact lenses you wear. Not leaving your contact lenses out long enough for your cornea to assume its natural shape before surgery can have negative consequences. These consequences include inaccurate measurements and a poor surgical plan, resulting in poor vision after surgery. These measurements, which determine how much corneal tissue to remove, may need to be repeated at least a week after your initial evaluation and before surgery to make sure they have not changed, especially if you wear RGP or hard lenses. If you wear:
- soft contact lenses, you should stop wearing them for 2 weeks before your initial evaluation.
- toric soft lenses or rigid gas permeable (RGP) lenses, you should stop wearing them for at least 3 weeks before your initial evaluation.
- hard lenses, you should stop wearing them for at least 4 weeks before your initial evaluation.
You should tell your doctor:
- about your past and present medical and eye conditions
- about all the medications you are taking, including over-the-counter medications and any medications you may be allergic to
Your doctor should perform a thorough eye exam and discuss:
- whether you are a good candidate
- what the risks, benefits, and alternatives of the surgery are
- what you should expect before, during, and after surgery
- what your responsibilities will be before, during, and after surgery
You should have the opportunity to ask your doctor questions during this discussion. Give yourself plenty of time to think about the risk/benefit discussion, to review any informational literature provided by your doctor, and to have any additional questions answered by your doctor before deciding to go through with surgery and before signing the informed consent form.
You should not feel pressured by your doctor, family, friends, or anyone else to make a decision about having surgery. Carefully consider the pros and cons.
The day before surgery, you should stop using:
These products as well as debris along the eyelashes may increase the risk of infection during and after surgery. Your doctor may ask you to scrub your eyelashes for a period of time before surgery to get rid of residues and debris along the lashes.
Laser Eye Surgery Guide Index:
- Intro to Laser Eye Surgery
- What is PRK laser eye surgery?
- What is LASIK laser eye surgery?
- What is Epi - LASIK laser eye surgery?
- What is Wavefront LASIK?
- What is LASEK eye surgery
- What is Intralase eye surgery
- Laser thermokeratoplasty
- What are eye refractive errors?
- Is laser eye surgery right for you?
- Laser eye surgery exclusion criteria
- Before laser eye surgery
- On the day of laser eye surgery
- After LASIK laser eye surgery
- Common symptoms after laser eye surgery
- Possible complications of laser eye surgery
- LASIK-specific laser eye surgery complications
- LASIK surgery checklist
- How much does Laser eye surgery cost?
- Pioneering laser treatment could prevent blindness
LASER EYE SURGRY GUIDE
- Laser Eye Surgery
- LASIK Eye Surgery
- Wavefront LASIK Eye Surgery
- EPI LASIK Eye Surgery
- IntraLase LASIK Eye Surgery
- Z-LASIK Eye Surgery
- PRK Eye Surgery
- LASEK Eye Surgery
- LTK Laser Eye Surgery
- PTK Eye Surgery
OTHER EYE SURGERY
- RK Eye Surgery
- AK Eye Surgery
- CK Eye Surgery
- CLE/RLE Eye Surgery
- INTACS Eye Surgery
- Cross Linking Eye Surgery
- Blended Vision Eye Surgery
- Lens Implants
- IOL Eye Surgery