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How to Prepare for LASIK Surgery

Have you misplaced your glasses once again? Are your eyes irritated because you forgot to take out your contacts before sleeping? If wearing glasses or contacts has become a hassle, LASIK surgery can restore proper vision without the need for corrective lenses. You can be in and out of the operating room in less than 90 minutes, and on your way to perfect eyesight before you even know it.

Like all operations, however, you need to prepare for LASIK surgery to achieve the best possible results and avoid complications. Twenty-four hours before your surgery, make sure to do the following preparations:

Don’t Put on Eye Makeup

Cosmetics like mascara or eye shadow can introduce debris to your eyes and cause infection, so don’t use them immediately before and after the procedure. It’s also a good idea to wash your eyelashes more frequently to remove trapped dirt that may get into your eyes.

Get Your Prescriptions Now

Directly after LASIK surgery, your vision may get slightly blurry so getting around will be difficult; hence, it’s a good idea to fill your prescriptions prior to the operation so you won’t need to drop by the pharmacist afterward.

Schedule Time Off from Work

While some people go back to work immediately after getting LASIK surgery, you should rest for a few days to let your eyes heal. Ask your doctor how much ti

Correcting Your Vision With LASIK

Defining LASIK

While it has been around for quite some time, LASIK eye surgery has only recently been gaining a surge in popularity. This surgical procedure, which stands for laser in situ keratomileusis, uses laser technology to reshape the cornea. Studies have shown that 96% of LASIK surgery patients attained the vision improvement they wanted from the procedure.

How it works

The eye surgeon creates a thin flap on the surface of the cornea using microkeratome, and uses excimer laser to reshape the cornea in a pattern that has been pre-determined for the patient. The reshaping process is based on the type of refractive error the patient has: myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism.

Myopia or nearsightedness is the inability to view distant objects clearly. Hyperopia or farsightedness, works the opposite way as myopia, with the patient able to see an object clearly from afar, but poorly when closer to it. Astigmatism, on the other hand, can cause blurred vision regardless of distance.

Preparing for the surgery

It is important for patients to follow all the pre-surgery preparations that may be advised by their surgeons, including taking the prescribed medications. Likewise, those who are wearing contacts prior to the surgery may need to stay away from wearing these for around three weeks before the scheduled procedure. It would also be good to take a light meal before going for the surgery.