New Year, New Vision! Preparing for Laser Eye Surgery
It’s a new year, which means that now is the perfect time to invest in your health by improving your vision! LASIK and ASA (advanced surface ablation, also known as advanced surface treatment) are surgeries that correct refractive errors so you can see clearly. If you’ve decided to give yourself new vision for the new year with LASIK or ASA, follow these tips for a smooth, safe, and comfortable experience.
In the months and weeks leading up to surgery:
- Stop wearing contacts. Contacts can change the shape of your cornea for up to several weeks. In preparation for your LASIK/ASA evaluation, you will need to go without your contacts for your doctor to give you a proper exam. When you book your appointment, ask our team how far ahead of time you should refrain from wearing your contacts. Following the evaluation, your surgeon may ask you to continue to wear eyeglasses in place of contacts or give you a timeline for when you should stop wearing contacts before your surgery.
- Quit smoking. Smoking has many negative effects on eye health. Complications from LASIK and ASA are rare, but smoking can increase your risk by irritating your eyes and preventing your body from healing itself. If possible, quit smoking before your refractive surgery to keep your eyes as healthy as can be, and refrain from smoking after your surgery for several weeks.
- Schedule enough time off work. LASIK patients are usually able to resume regular activities such as driving and working one to two days after surgery, while ASA patients usually require around four days. If your job involves strenuous activity or may expose your eyes to dirt, dust, steam, or water, you may need to take more time off. Dr. Beran and Dr. Weber can offer more personalized advice regarding your recovery when you are in the office.
- Ask someone to drive you home ahead of time. After you schedule your surgery, arrange for a partner, family member, or friend to drive you home from the procedure and to your follow-up appointment the next day. If you believe you will need help around the house for the first few days while your vision improves, you may also want to ask this person to stay with you.
On the day before and day of surgery:
- Avoid face makeup. Wearing makeup, creams, and lotions can increase your risk of infection. You will want clean eyes and a clean face during your procedure!
- Drink water. Drinking plenty of water keeps your eyes hydrated before your procedure. Plus, hydration is always good for overall health.
- Dress comfortably. For your surgery, wear clean, comfortable clothing. Make sure no loose fibers or pet hair cling to your clothes—you don’t want to risk anything getting in your eyes.
- No alcohol. Alcohol can dry out your eyes, and having it in your system when you receive your sedative for surgery can compound its effects. Avoid alcohol the day before and several days after your surgery.
- Arrive early. Arrive with plenty of time to fill out your paperwork, so you feel comfortable and calm heading into your procedure.
Whether it’s the weeks leading up to your refractive error correction or the days after it, remember to follow all of our instructions. Following presurgical protocol helps your procedure go as smoothly as possible, and sticking to postsurgical care instructions makes your healing process easy and comfortable. If your New Year’s resolution is to improve your vision, give us a call today to schedule a consultation!