5 Things You Should Do Before Your LASIK Eye Surgery

It is common to have questions about preparing for your LASIK eye surgery. This procedure is fast, safe, and painless. It can correct nearsighted vision, far-sighted vision, as well as astigmatism. This is one of many procedures that correct vision by reshaping the cornea so that light focuses on the retina, which is located at the back of the eye. Here are a few things you should do before the day of your LASIK eye surgery.

1. Drink lots of water

Whether you’re having LASIK eye surgery or not, it is recommended to drink at least eight glasses of water per day. The body is made up of about 60% water; therefore, being hydrated is important for the human body. Laser eye surgery can temporarily make the eyes drier. Therefore, it is a good idea to stay hydrated and help prevent dry eyes.

2. Don’t wear contact lenses before your surgery 

If you wear contact lenses, you will have to stop wearing them for a few days before the eye surgery. If you wear soft lenses, you should stop wearing them 5-7 days before the surgery. If you wear toric lenses, you should stop wearing them for 10-15 days before surgery. Since wearing contacts isn’t an option, if your prescription is high, it might be a good idea to get prescription glasses if you don’t already have a pair to wear for the days leading up to your LASIK surgery. You should be able to function properly without having your life interrupted as you prepare for this procedure. 

3. Discuss whether you should discontinue using eye drops

Your tear film is examined during your initial consultation to determine if you are a good match for LASIK eye surgery. If you have dry eyes, It is important to find out what the cause of this is.  Some patients may have certain medical conditions that make them more susceptible to dry eyes, while others may be taking medications that make their eyes dry. It is important to communicate with your doctor what medications and health conditions you may have so that your doctor can make an informed decision and advise you accordingly. Discuss with your eye doctor whether you should stop using your eyedrops before the surgery.

4. Prepare mentally to see the procedure

Before we begin the LASIK eye surgery at BoydVision, you are given a sedative medication to help you feel less nervous. You do, however, have to be awake for the procedure. Being mentally prepared is important, although seeing the procedure can be very interesting.

5. Eat before the surgery

You are advised to eat before the LASIK eye surgery to help reduce any discomfort from the pain medication given to patients after the eye surgery.

Schedule an appointment today

If you still have questions about getting LASIK eye surgery at BoydVision in Vancouver, we are always available to help. Call our office today with any questions, and we’d be happy to speak with you.