If you’re trying to improve your vision permanently, then LASIK can be a great option! But before you undergo LASIK, you must go through a qualification process.
Once you and your eye doctor have determined that you’re a LASIK candidate, you’ll want to have the procedure as soon as possible. That way, you can start enjoying your glasses-free life soon!
Before that happens, though, there are several things you have to take care of first. And, you also need to keep in mind what you’re going to do to recover from LASIK as well.
You’ll need to properly prepare for both the procedure and the recovery to achieve the best outcome. Keep reading to learn some essential tips to keep in mind when getting ready for LASIK and what comes after.
DON’T Wear Contacts Before Your Evaluation or Procedure
Your surgeon needs to get an accurate read of the default state of your corneas before they reshape them. Since corneas are somewhat elastic, contact lenses can alter their shape in small but significant ways.
Switch to wearing glasses full time for several weeks before your evaluation. Continue using glasses instead of contacts up until your procedure.
DO Schedule a Ride in Advance
After LASIK, many people notice an immediate improvement in their vision. But, that does not mean your eyesight has reached its full potential or that your eyes have already healed.
You will likely experience some blurriness as your eyes adjust during recovery. At least for the first day, you cannot operate a motor vehicle, so be sure to plan a ride ahead of time.
DON’T Wear Topical Ointments, Lotions, or Makeup
On the day of your procedure, avoid putting any chemicals on your face. They increase the risk of infection since they can get in your eye. It may even be necessary to scrub out your eyelashes before undergoing LASIK.
DON’T Rub Your Eyes After LASIK
During LASIK, your surgeon creates a flap in the top layer, or epithelium, of your cornea. This flap gives your surgeon access to the middle layer of your cornea underneath so they can reshape it.
The flap attaches itself when placed back down. It does not need stitches or glue, but it takes some time to heal.
Rubbing your eyes is never a good idea, but you must avoid it as your corneal flap is healing. Rubbing your eyes could disrupt the healing process and the results of your procedure.
DO Get Plenty of Rest
Sleep is critical to the healing process. After LASIK, you will likely be pretty tired, and it is vital to listen to your body.
However, you can accidentally rub or bump your eyes while you are sleeping. So wear eye shields in bed to protect your eyes, particularly during the early stage of recovery.
Are you ready to ditch glasses and contacts forever? Schedule an appointment at Stahl Eyecare Experts in Hauppauge, NY, to determine if LASIK is right for you!