Thanks to the breakthrough and effectiveness of the refractive procedure widely known as LASIK, millions of patients across the globe have forever ditched their dependence on corrective eyewear, zooming in on the freedom of clear vision. While patients prepare to undergo this revolutionary procedure (which reshapes the curvature of the cornea to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and/or astigmatism), there are certain guidelines they must follow and precautions they must take. To guide you in preparing for LASIK surgery, the trusted specialists at Ophthalmic Consultants of Connecticut provide detailed instructions for a successful procedure and overall experience.
Know the Cost
Since LASIK surgery is considered elective, most insurance companies won’t cover the cost. The first step is to conduct a financial consultation with your doctor and explore your payment options, since you will likely pay out of pocket for the procedure.
Say Goodbye to Your Contact Lenses
Some patients mix it up and use both contact lenses and glasses for their corrective vision needs. If you wear contact lenses, you’ll need to switch to glasses full time for the two to four weeks leading up to your procedure, depending on whether the lenses are soft or gas permeable. If you continue wearing your contact lenses, it can lead to inaccurate surgical outcomes, since contact lenses may distort the shape of your cornea. Since each patient is different, your doctor will provide custom guidelines solely designed for you.
Skip Your Beauty Routine
Not using eye makeup, creams, lotions or perfumes the day of your surgery is mandatory. You may also use artificial tears to cleanse your eyes and wash your eyelashes carefully leading up to the surgery, to get rid of any debris. This will allow for a clean slate — and will minimize the risk of infection.
If you are using any medication, continue to do so unless otherwise instructed by your surgeon. Ask any questions you may need answered, and if you feel anxiety, motion to the surgical staff or surgeon and let someone know; there is normally anti-anxiety medication on-site to help you relax.
Arrange for a family member or close friend to drive you to and from your surgery, since you will most likely have blurry vision immediately afterward and may feel slightly groggy. You shouldn’t drive until your surgeon checks your vision and confirms you are clear and safe to sit behind the wheel.
Contact Ophthalmic Consultants of Connecticut
For any questions related to your eye health, to speak to one of our surgeons or to schedule an appointment at one of our locations, please call or email the Ophthalmic Consultants of Connecticut today.